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OBJECTIVES To present the clinical and sociodemographic characteristics of patients referred to a New Zealand early intervention for psychosis service and to describe the pathways to care for these patients. METHOD Clinical and sociodemographic characteristics were examined in 200 patients consecutively admitted to an early psychosis service over a 5-year(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate childhood experiences (neglect and abuse), temperament and childhood and adolescent psychopathology as risk factors for avoidant and borderline personality disorders in depressed outpatients. METHOD One hundred and eighty depressed outpatients were evaluated for personality disorders. Risk factors of childhood abuse, parental care,(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare the prevalence and comorbidity patterns of psychiatric disorders in subjects making medically serious suicide attempts and in comparison subjects. METHOD The association between mental disorders and the risk of a suicide attempt was examined in 302 consecutive individuals who made serious suicide attempts and(More)
OBJECTIVE The first objective of this paper was to describe the pattern of remission, response and recovery in patients with major depression who were randomised for treatment with fluoxetine ornortriptyline. The second objective was to report on the demographic and diagnostic predictors of the response and recovery in these depressed patients. METHOD One(More)
BACKGROUND Current systems of describing personality pathology have significant shortcomings. A polydiagnostic approach is used to study the relationship between psychological, psychoanalytical and psychopathological models of personality. METHODS The subjects were 256 patients enrolled in treatment studies of major depression and bulimia nervosa.(More)
OBJECTIVE There is much debate over whether borderline personality disorder (BPD) belongs to the bipolar spectrum. The diagnosis of bipolar disorder (BD) in BPD patients, and conversely, BPD in BD patients is common, indicating prevalent co-morbidity, as well as potential misdiagnosis in either group. BD and BPD are often indistinguishable given the core(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide clinically relevant evidence-based recommendations for the management of bipolar disorder in adults that are informative, easy to assimilate and facilitate clinical decision-making. METHOD A comprehensive literature review of over 500 articles was undertaken using electronic database search engines (e.g. MEDLINE, PsychINFO and(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine associations between a series of sociodemographic factors, childhood experiences, and mental disorders and risk of serious suicide attempt in young people aged 13 through 24 years and to explore the joint relationship between these factors and vulnerability to serious suicide attempt. METHOD The study used a case-control design in(More)
BACKGROUND Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often co-morbid with major depression and may complicate its treatment. We were interested in differences in genetic and developmental risk factors between depressed patients with or without a co-morbid BPD. METHOD Out-patients with major depressive disorder were recruited for two treatment trials.(More)