Nabil Geraisy

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OBJECTIVES Psychiatric epidemiological data on Arab populations are generally scanty. This community-based survey, a component of the World Health Organization's 27-country study, explored the prevalence rates of anxiety and mood disorders, emotional distress and help-seeking practices among Arab-Israelis, and compared them with those found among(More)
BACKGROUND The effects on memory of an anticholinergic (biperiden) and a dopaminergic (amantadine) anti-Parkinsonian agent were compared. METHOD Twenty-six chronically medicated schizophrenic (DSM-III-R) in-patients received amantadine (200 mg/day) or biperiden (4 mg/day) for two weeks in a double-blind cross-over design. RESULTS Biperiden treatment was(More)
Countries with Muslim populations report relatively lower rates of suicide. However, authors have noted methodological flaws in the data. This study examined reliable rates of completed suicide, suicide ideation, planning and attempts among Muslims as compared to Jews in Israel. For completed suicide, information was extracted from death certificates(More)
BACKGROUND Deliberate self-harm is a relatively frequent cause of consultation in the emergency room of general hospitals. Despite its importance, few epidemiological studies of self-injury in Israel have been carried out, and of these, they mostly covered selected population groups. OBJECTIVES To provide epidemiological data on self-harm in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies have focused specifically on the role of ethnicity in emotional distress and symptoms among first-time psychiatric outpatients. METHODS 251 first-time patients, aged 18-72 years, attending three outpatient mental health clinics in Israel, were surveyed. Three methods of case detection were used: a GHQ-12 score (equal or >3),(More)
OBJECTIVE The aims of the study were to examine weight concerns, dieting and eating behaviours in a group of Israeli-Arab schoolgirls as compared with Israeli-Jewish schoolgirls, as well as to investigate the reliability of the Arabic (Palestinian) version of the eating disorder inventory-2 (EDI-2). METHOD The sample consisted of 2548 Israeli schoolgirls,(More)
OBJECTIVE The first nationwide Israel Survey of Mental Health Among Adolescents was conducted in 2004-2005 with a representative sample of 957 adolescents aged 14-17 and their mothers to assess 12-month mental health service use, unmet needs, and associated factors. METHODS Need for services was assessed by presence of a psychiatric disorder diagnosed(More)
BACKGROUND The elderly constitute a vulnerable group for psychopathology, yet research on their mental health among both Arab and Jews in Israel remains limited. The same is the case in Arab countries. This paper reports on the contrasting distribution of the mean emotional distress (ED) scores and rates of suspected clinical cases, and their related risk(More)
BACKGROUND The early recognition and timely treatment of psychiatric disorders helps reduce suffering, prevents mental disabilities and makes interventions more cost-effective. OBJECTIVE To examine treatment lag among Arab- and Jewish-Israelis applying to psychiatric clinics for the first time, and the association of this lag with selected(More)
BACKGROUND There are few objective guidelines for the clinician in the choice of antiparkinsonian drugs, even though these drugs are a heterogeneous group. We compared the effect of biperiden (M1 selective anticholinergic) and amantadine (dopaminergic) on neuroleptic-induced parkinsonian extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) and tardive dyskinesia (TD)-type(More)