Piero Porcelli

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BACKGROUND Mental disorders are frequent in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Depression and anxiety along with physical co-morbidity affect quality of life (QOL). Uremia is associated with inflammation and release of cytokines by lymphomonocytes. Inflammatory cytokines are relevant in depression. The aim of this study was to assess the psychological alterations(More)
BACKGROUND Alexithymia is likely to be involved in the pain experience of cancer patients, but the extent to which psychological interventions may modify both pain and alexithymia is unclear. METHODS A group of 52 consecutive cancer patients were enrolled in a 6-month multicomponent psychological intervention trial, and compared to 52 control patients who(More)
OBJECTIVES This report is a preliminary comparative study of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms in eight countries, USA, Mexico, Canada, England, Italy, Israel, India, and China. We also assessed global symptom patterns and correlations and relationships to several psychosocial variables. METHODS Two hundred and thirty-nine participants completed a bowel(More)
The Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic Research (DCPR) represent a diagnostic and conceptual framework that aims to translate psychosocial variables derived from psychosomatic research into operational tools whereby individual patients can be identified. A set of 12 syndromes was developed: disease phobia, thanatophobia, health anxiety, illness denial,(More)
Electroencephalographic μ wave suppression was investigated using all 10 static, ambiguous Rorschach stimuli. In an earlier study using four Rorschach stimuli, the two stimuli that elicited feelings of movement were associated with μ suppression. In this study, we replicated this relationship using all 10 Rorschach stimuli while overcoming a number of other(More)
BACKGROUND Alexithymic features are close to anhedonia, blunted affect, and alogia that are also characteristics of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. This study aimed to evaluate whether alexithymia is associated with negative symptoms and is related to the change of schizophrenic symptoms over time. SAMPLING AND METHODS A consecutive sample of 29(More)
BACKGROUND The evaluation of psychologic states is very useful in the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, particularly when related to disease activity (DA). Our aim was to prospectively evaluate the relationship between psychologic distress and DA. METHODS DA and psychologic distress were evaluated in 104 IBD outpatients by means of(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between anxiety and depression, and levels of disease activity (LDA) in IBD patients. One hundred and fifty IBD patients (91 males and 59 females) were assessed by means of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale, and divided into three LDA groups according to standard clinical criteria: LDA1 =(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the presence of demoralization and major depression in the setting of medical disease. METHOD 807 consecutive outpatients recruited from different medical settings (gastroenterology, cardiology, endocrinology, and oncology) were assessed according to DSM-IV criteria and Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic(More)
BACKGROUND Many patients with gallstone disease continue to report gastrointestinal symptoms after cholecystectomy, but the predictive value of preoperative factors is not well understood. We aimed to investigate whether psychological symptoms can be associated with poor outcome after cholecystectomy in patients with gallstones and dyspepsia. METHODS A(More)