Laura Musetti

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Utilizing the DSM-III-R schema, we have investigated lifetime comorbidity between panic disorder with or without agoraphobia (PD), social phobia (SP) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) on the one hand, and mood disorder on the other. Compared with PD, the results for SP and OCD showed significantly higher numbers of comorbid anxiety and mood disorders.(More)
In reviewing recent findings on affective conditions in the interface of unipolar and bipolar disorders, we find evidence favoring a partial return to Kraepelin's broad concept of manic-depressive illness, which included many recurrent depressives and temperamental variants. This review addresses methodologic, clinical, and familial considerations in the(More)
This study investigated the behavioral and psychological differences between 39 uninfected children born to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-seropositive mothers (HIV-seroreverter [SR]) and 78 children with no family history of HIV infection. Caretakers completed the Child Behavior Checklist and the Gittelman modification of the Conners' Parent's(More)
Clomipramine and imipramine treatments were compared in a sample of 152 panic disorders. Diagnosis was according to the positive criteria of DSM-III-R, but without exclusion of comorbid affective or personality disorders. The 2-year design provides non-blind treatment under typical clinical practice conditions, and it includes random assignment, periodic(More)
In an attempt to improve the classification of Bipolar II disorders, we have examined a consecutive series of 687 primary major depressives: 5.1% gave a past history of mania (Bipolar I), 13.7% met our operational criteria for hypomania (Bipolar II), and the remaining 81.2% were provisionally categorized as 'unipolar.' Although Bipolar II was in some(More)
In 320 patients with established bipolar I disorder, we examined the past course on the basis of polarity at onset (depressive, mixed, and manic). Despite the obvious limitations of retrospective methodology, information on course parameters in a large sample of affective disorders is most practically obtained by such methodology. We believe that our(More)
We report on the utility of a new instrument to identify subtypes of major depressive episodes with special reference to pseudo-unipolar conditions. By incorporating reliable measures of depressive and hyperthymic temperamental characteristics in subtype definitions, we achieve the sharpest possible demarcation between unipolar and bipolar disorders. The(More)
To explore gender differences in bipolar I disorder, we compared the longitudinal treatment outcome and baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of 27 male and 45 female adult subjects who were treated for an acute affective episode and longitudinally followed for a period of up to 48 weeks. Females were more likely to report a history of suicidal(More)
Collaboration between the University of Pisa, Italy, and the University of Tennessee, Memphis, U.S.A., on patients presenting with major depressive episodes (in the absence of nonaffective psychiatric illness) focused on the detection of depressive and hyperthymic temperaments. From our data on symptomatology, family history and course of 538 such patients,(More)
Systematic and detailed psychopathological examination of 400 consecutive primary major depressives failed to confirm common clinical stereotypes which ascribe greater somatisation, hypochondriasis, agitation, psychotic tendencies, and chronicity to old age. Those above 65 were more likely to suffer from single episodes of depression that were often(More)