Maya Amitai

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PURPOSE The present review summarizes the updated literature on the social aspects of suicidal behavior and prevention in adolescents. RECENT FINDINGS The predictive role of psychiatric disorders and past history are well recognized in adolescent suicide, but the role of social and cultural factors is less clear. Studies have focused on the importance of(More)
OBJECTIVE In adults there is growing evidence that antidepressant (AD) treatment results in a decline in inflammatory cytokines. This is the first report, to our knowledge, of the relationship between response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) treatment for anxiety and/or depression and cytokine levels in children and adolescents. METHODS(More)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) include several clinically different disorders. Despite the impression that in recent years there has been a rise in the incidence of this disorder, it seems that the apparent rise stems from the widening of diagnostic criteria rather than from a true rise in disorder incidence. Notwithstanding the wide range of clinical(More)
Schizophrenia in children and adolescents is a rare and serious representation of adult schizophrenia that indicates phenotypic and neurobiological continuity with the adult version of the illness. Epidemiological, genetic, cognitive and imaging findings support the centrality of the neuro-developmental model in the etiology of the disease. The diagnostic(More)
BACKGROUND/STUDY CONTEXT Psychotropic drug treatment has been associated with increased risk for falls and hip fractures in elderly patients. The authors examined the association between drug treatment and hip fractures resulting from falls in elderly hospitalized patients, focusing on the medications' anticholinergic properties. METHODS This(More)
Pharmacogenetic approach to antidepressant (AD) response is a promising avenue toward individualizing AD treatment. This is particularly relevant in pediatric populations because of concerns about the suicide risk of serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), resulting in a black-box warning. However, to date, no specific gene or polymorphism has been(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the long-term hematological and biochemical side effects of valproic acid (VPA) in psychiatric adolescent inpatients. A retrospective naturalistic study design was used. Participants were psychiatric inpatients treated with VPA, alone or in combination with other medications. Electronic medical files were(More)