Ronit Weizman

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate weight gain associated with olanzapine, risperidone, and haloperidol treatment and its clinical risk factors in adolescent patients. METHOD The study was conducted at three adolescent psychiatric departments in two mental health centers in the Tel Aviv area. All patients were Jewish Israelis. Weight and body mass index (BMI) of(More)
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a severe psychiatric disorder with a lifetime prevalence of about 15%.1 The importance of the genetic component is well accepted,2 but the mode of inheritance is complex and non-Mendelian. A line of evidence suggests the involvement of serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters in the pathophysiology of depression. In the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the relative importance of aggression and depression in adolescent suicide within different diagnostic categories. METHOD One hundred sixty-three consecutive admissions to an adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit were assessed using a semistructure diagnostic instrument, the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for(More)
OBJECTIVE Longitudinal studies of children exposed to traumatic events show contrasting findings regarding their symptomatic change over time. The present study reports on a 30-month follow-up of preschool children and their mothers who had been exposed to Scud missile attacks. METHOD Families displaced during the Gulf War after their homes had been(More)
Combination treatment with reboxetine, a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, and betahistine, a histamine H1 receptor agonist/H3 antagonist, was developed to produce complementary action in CNS pathways regulating appetite and body weight. In the present placebo-controlled study, we evaluated whether a reboxetine–betahistine combination attenuates(More)
Objectives: To evaluate and compare the drug response and side effects of adolescents with schizophrenia treated with olanzapine, risperidone, and haloperidol. Methods: Forty-three patients were treated with olanzapine (n = 19), risperidone (n = 17) and haloperidol (n = 7) for 8 weeks in an open clinical trial. Clinical improvement was evaluated with the(More)
Buprenorphine is a mixed opioid agonist/antagonist analgesic. This study was designed to determine the role of opioid receptor subtypes, especially kappa 3, in buprenorphine-induced analgesia in mice. Buprenorphine, when injected systemically, revealed a potent analgesic effect by tailflick assay, with a biphasic dose-response curve, which was reversed by(More)
Victims of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) do not show clear morphological brain defects, but frequently suffer from long-lasting cognitive deficits, emotional difficulties and behavioral disturbances. In the present study, we investigated the effects of experimental mTBI in mice on cognition, spatial and non-spatial tasks, and depressive-like behavior(More)
OBJECTIVE To report on a brief parent-child group therapy program for children with anxiety disorders. METHOD Twenty-four children with an anxiety disorder and their parents participated in a 10-session treatment. Children were evaluated at pretreatment (T1), posttreatment (T2), 12-month follow-up (T3), and 36-month follow-up (T4). Ten children were also(More)
Some of the psychotropic agents widely used for the amelioration of anxiety, depression, and psychosis also show an effect at the cellular proliferation level. Surprisingly little research, however, has been directed to the antitumoral potential of these drugs, alone or in combination with established cancer treatments. Our review of the literature to date(More)