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A new brief questionnaire, the Bulimic Investigatory Test, Edinburgh (BITE), for the detection and description of binge-eating is described. Data from two separate populations demonstrate satisfactory reliability and validity. The scale has measures of both symptoms and severity. All items in the DSM-III definition of bulimia and Russell's definition of(More)
Very-low-birthweight (VLBW) individuals are at high risk of brain injury in the perinatal period. We wished to determine how such early brain lesions affect brain structure in adulthood. Thirty-two VLBW adults (20 female, 12 male) and 18 term, normal birthweight sibling control individuals (nine female, nine male) underwent structural MRI at a mean age of(More)
BACKGROUND Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) has been shown to reduce psychological morbidity in people with cancer, but no randomized controlled trial (RCT) exists in palliative care. We aimed to determine whether home care nurses could be taught to deliver basic cognitive behavioural techniques and so reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. METHOD(More)
OBJECTIVES To clarify risk factors for the development of schizophrenia-like psychotic disorders following temporal lobectomy, and to explore the possibility that the early postoperative period is a time of high risk for the onset of such chronic psychotic disorders. METHODS Patients who developed schizophrenia-like psychosis were identified from a series(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aims to objectively assess the prevalence and nature of personality disorders in depressed and nondepressed chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients and compare this to depressed and healthy control groups. METHODS Sixty-one patients attending a tertiary referral clinic with chronic fatigue syndrome, 40 psychiatric inpatients with(More)
Mental illness is now the leading cause of both sickness absence and incapacity benefits in most high-income countries. The rising economic and social costs make health and work an increasing priority for policy makers. We discuss the findings from Dame Carol Black's recent review of the health of Britain's working-age population and examine how her(More)
The study objective was to compare vibration perception and patterns of blood flow in outpatients with diffuse upper limb pain disorder (ULPD), carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and age and sex matched healthy controls. Vibration perception and discrimination thresholds were compared in subjects with ULPD (n=27), CTS (n=27) and healthy matched controls (n=54).(More)
BackgroundOnly 30-35% of people with mental health problems seek help from professionals. Informal help, usually from friends, family and religious leaders, is often sought but is under-researched. This study aimed to contrast patterns of informal and formal help-seeking using data from a community psychiatric morbidity survey (n=1692) (South East London(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known as to whether childhood temperament is associated with long-term sickness absence in adult life. AIMS To explore the associations between childhood temperament and long-term sickness absence in middle age. METHOD The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study is comprised of 12,150 children born in Aberdeen 1950-55. Teachers(More)