Nathalie Vanderbruggen

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BACKGROUND Prior research in substance dependence has suggested potential anti-craving effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) when applied to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). However, no single sham-controlled session studies applied to the right DLPFC have been carried-out in recently detoxified alcohol-dependent(More)
BACKGROUND Major depression is a worldwide severe mental health problem. Unfortunately, not all depressed patients respond to pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy, even when adhering to treatment guidelines. Even though current guidelines do not in particular advocate repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in refractory treatment resistant(More)
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) applied to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) might be a promising treatment strategy for depression. As one of the key features of melancholic depression is disturbances in psychomotor activity, we wanted to evaluate whether HF-rTMS treatment could influence psychomotor symptoms. Twenty(More)
This case report describes a 52-year-old woman who received a diagnosis of bipolar I disorder of the mixed type, resistant to bilateral electroconvulsive shock therapy (ECT) and successfully treated with intensive left-sided high frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (HF-rTMS).
We aimed to Examine the safety and effectiveness of HF-rTMS in a treatment-refractory bipolar I patient in a mixed affective episode. Our case illustrates that "combative" HF-rTMS therapy could be a safe and valid treatment alternative for refractory bipolar I patients in mixed episode, not successfully treated with ECT.
Munchausen syndrome is a rare psychiatric disorder in which patients inflict on themselves an illness or injury for the primary purpose of assuming the sick role. Because these patients can present with many different complaints and clinical symptoms, diagnosis is often made at a later stage of hospitalisation. In contrast we report a case of a 40-year old(More)
Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA-R) encephalitis is a severe form of encephalitis that has been identified within the context of acute neuropsychiatric manifestations. We report the case of an 18-year-old adolescent referred for a first episode of acute psychosis. The clinical picture rapidly deteriorated to a state of catatonia, decreased(More)
A 34-year-old woman presented with complex symptoms of unknown origin. Because she suffered from a co-existing learning disability (mental retardation) and dysmorphic disorders a genetic examination was carried out. This revealed a submicroscopic terminal deletion of the long arm of chromosome 3. The contribution that clinical genetics make to the diagnosis(More)