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BACKGROUND Careful observation of the longitudinal course of bipolar disorders is pivotal to finding optimal treatments and improving outcome. A useful tool is the daily prospective Life-Chart Method, developed by the National Institute of Mental Health. However, it remains unclear whether the patient version is as valid as the clinician version. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Mood stabilizers appear to be more potent in treating mania than depression. The anticonvulsant lamotrigine has been shown to be effective for bipolar depression. This study examines putative antidepressive properties of lamotrigine in a mainly unipolar routine clinical patient population. METHOD Forty patients with a depressive episode (DSM-IV(More)
The Stanley Foundation Bipolar Network (SFBN) is an international, multisite network investigating the characteristics and course of bipolar disorder. Methods (history, ratings and longitudinal follow-up) are standardized and equally applied in all 7 centres. This article describes demographics and illness characteristics of the first 152 German patients(More)
Long-term monitoring is a clinical necessity in bipolar affective disorder. The most important requirements are usability and value for clinical decisions. Four methods of long-term monitoring - (1) the Adjective Mood Scale by von Zerssen, (2) Kraepelin's early life charts, (3) the NIMH Life Chart Method by Leverich and Post and (4) the Social Rhythm Metric(More)
Long-term monitoring methods providing an overview of the course of bipolar disorder of individual patients are a clinical necessity at least for patients who require a combination therapy with drugs that have only proven their efficacy for monotherapy. The Life Chart Method (LCM) of the NIMH is an adequate method for this purpose. Unfortunately, due to(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term monitoring in bipolar affective disorders constitutes an important therapeutic and preventive method. The present study examines the validity of the Personal Life-Chart App (PLC App), in both German and in English. This App is based on the National Institute of Mental Health's Life-Chart Method, the de facto standard for long-term(More)
The Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (IDS) is a rating scale for depression, widely used in international multicentre studies. There are two corresponding versions: a self-rated (IDS-SR) and a clinician-rated (IDS-C) scale. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the German versions of the IDS-SR and IDS-C in comparison(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to give a systematic review of change of weight associated with commonly used psychotropic drugs. METHODS Mainly based on a MEDLINE-supported review until April 2005, data from clinical studies with antidepressants, anticonvulsants, mood stabilizers and neuroleptics were scanned for change of weight during treatment.(More)
Although atypical antipsychotics are on the rise, traditional treatment of psychotic (or delusional) depression mostly includes the addition of classical antipsychotics to antidepressants. As there are only few data supporting this approach compared with antidepressant monotherapy, and almost no data comparing it with antidepressants of the latest(More)
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