Omer Saatcioglu

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OBJECTIVES Alexithymia is highly prevalent among chronic pain patients. Pain is a remarkable cause for high levels of chronic anxiety. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of alexithymia and to determine anxiety levels among DSM-IV somatoform pain disorder (chronic pain) female patients and to examine the relationship between(More)
Objective. To assess the relations between anxiety sensitivity, and dimensions of alexithymia in somatoform, anxiety and depressive disorder patients. Methods. The sample consisted of 124 patients with the diagnosis of depressive, anxiety, or somatoform spectrum disorders (DSM-IV). Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), 16-item Anxiety Sensitivity Index (ASI),(More)
Treating psychiatric disorders during pregnancy poses a challenge. Both medication and maternal illness may have adverse effect on the fetus and balancing the risks and benefits of symptoms and treatments is crucial. Medications may affect the fetus adversely, especially in the first trimester. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is not known to have adverse(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of lifetime posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Turkish male alcohol-dependent inpatients, and to investigate the relationship of lifetime PTSD diagnosis with anxiety, depression, hopelessness, erectile dysfunction and psychosocial problems related with alcohol dependency. Eighty-two male(More)
Abuse is a family disease, which requires joint treatment of family members. Family is an important part of the diagnosis and treatment chain of alcohol and substance abuse. Abuse of alcohol and substance is a response to fluctuations in the family system. In consideration of interactions within the system, it seems an important requirement that the(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the metabolic syndrome (MS) criteria and also to investigate the effects of MS on medical treatment, clinical course and personal and social performance in patients with schizophrenia. One hundred-sixteen patients with schizophrenia were included in the study. Measurements of MS were calculated in all patients. Brief(More)
SUMMARY Objective In this follow-up study, the hormonal changes were determined in bi-polar euthyroid patients who were treated with lithium for the duration of one year. Method For the study, 23 bipolar I disorder patients without any axis I co-morbidity were consecutively selected and followed up for one year. All patients were compared with 25 age-and(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to compare conversion disorder patients with healthy controls in terms of temperament and character, and to determine the effect of these characteristics on comorbid depression, based on the idea that conversion disorder patients may have distinctive temperament and character qualities. METHODS The study involved 58 patients(More)