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Among 30 Parkinson's disease patients who received high frequency stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus, 5 developed remarkable disorders of mood or sexual behavior after the implant. We describe 2 men who developed mania and hypersexuality a few days after the implant that lasted for some months and then gradually disappeared spontaneously.
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to find out the extent of hostility and violence and the factors that are associated with such hostility and violence in a psychiatric intensive care unit. METHODS Retrospective analysis of data prospectively collected in a 6-year period. RESULTS No hostility was observed in 56.1%, hostility in 40.9%, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the clinical characteristics and the optimal treatment of obsessive compulsive symptoms in patients with familial background, current or past symptoms consistent with a bipolar spectrum diagnosis. METHODS Longitudinal clinical observation of seven cases with obsessive-compulsive-bipolar comorbidity. RESULTS In the cases presented(More)
The relationship between Asperger syndrome (AS) and schizophrenia is still unclear. An unanswered question is, do hallucinations or delusions per se justify a diagnosis of schizophrenia when these symptoms appear in subjects with AS? The aims of the present study were: (1) to review the characteristics of thought disorder in AS and schizophrenia; (2) to(More)
The aim of this observational study was to assess the rates of aggressive and violent behavior in patients admitted to an Italian emergency psychiatric unit and to explore possible risk factors for patient violence. In a population of 313 consecutive patients, we considered aggressive or violent behavior, rated according to a hierarchy from no aggressive(More)
Clozapine is the best treatment option in several clinical circumstances, including treatment-resistant schizophrenia, non treatment-resistant schizophrenia, suicide risk in schizophrenia spectrum disorders, aggressiveness or violence in psychiatric patients, psychosis in Parkinson's disease, prevention and treatment of tardive dyskinesia. However,(More)
The objective of this subject was to examine the impact of the replacement of standard neuroleptics with atypical antipsychotic agents in an intensive psychiatric care unit. A mirror-image study was conducted. Cases admitted in the first semester of the year (when most of patients were treated with standard neuroleptics) were compared to cases admitted in(More)