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)
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).
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)
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)
Despite adherence to treatment guidelines, some patients are resistant to several psychopharmacological interventions. Guidelines to overcome treatment resistance are scarce and new treatment modalities are needed. When confronted with psychopharmacological failure, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) therapy can be considered. In these case(More)
A young man, 23 years old, with a clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), presented violent thoughts during a neurological consultation. He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome based on a psychiatric and (neuro)psychological examination. Possible risk factors for acting-out and the implications for treatment, if CIS would evolve to MS, are discussed based on a(More)