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The seasonality of suicide is well known and a repeatedly demonstrated phenomenon. The authors analyzed the seasonality of 148 suicide events on Gotland between 1981 and 1996. A marked and significant seasonality with a spring and summer peak was found between 1981 and 1989, when the prescription of antidepressants was relatively low and stable. However,(More)
The case history of a woman with occlusive hydrocephalus caused by a fourth ventricle cyst is presented. She had slowly progressive complaints and symptoms--concentration and memory disturbances, low-tempered mood, then slight dizziness, loss of appetite and progressive headache--transitorily misinterpreted for signs of depression. She had been treated by(More)
Data from the United States and from several European countries show that patients with major mood disorders, schizophrenia and social phobia smoke at significantly higher rates than the general population. However, there are no published results on this field from Central Europe, including Hungary. In the present study, the rate of current and lifetime(More)
Despite the fact that the nosologic position of bipolar II disorder continues to be debated, several lines of research indicate that it is a distinct nosologic category that should be separated from both bipolar I and unipolar major depression. This review of the authors' and others' work demonstrates that the lifetime risk of suicide attempts is highest in(More)
BACKGROUND TEMPS-A (Temperament Evaluation of the Memphis, Pisa, Paris and San Diego - Autoquestionnaire) is a new self-assessed temperament 110-item scale with depressive (D), cyclothymic (C), hyperthymic (H), irritable (I) and anxious (A) subscales. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and validated in 10. The present Hungarian version(More)
Out of ten consecutive patients with DSM-III-R obsessive-compulsive disorder without any previous history of bipolarity, three patients showed antidepressant-induced hypomania (clomipramine, one patient; fluvoxamine, two patients) within the first 5 to 8 weeks of the drug treatment. These data support the previous results on a strong association between(More)
The study examines the psychometric properties of the Temperament Evaluation of Memphis, Pisa, Paris, and San Diego Autoquestionnaire (TEMPS-A) based on 717 (438 females and 279 males) healthy subjects in a Hungarian normative sample. The questionnaire is a self-report 110-item tool that postulates five affective temperaments: depressive, cyclothymic,(More)
An educational programme on depressive disorders, given to general practitioners on the Swedish island of Gotland, resulted in a statistically significant reduction of the suicide rate among women, though that among men was virtually unaffected. Further analysis showed the profile of depression among men to differ from that among women, the male pattern(More)