Sameer Hassamal

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BACKGROUND Both symptom specific and general coping strategies may affect the well-being of persons with schizophrenia. There are little data on how older adults with schizophrenia employ various coping styles. This study examines the types of general coping strategies used by older persons with schizophrenia and examines the extent to which the various(More)
AB, a 74-year-old Caucasian woman, was admitted for acute onset of psychosis, anxiety, and cognitive impairment. Pharmacotherapy was unsuccessful and the patient was referred for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Pre-ECT, 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography showed extensive frontal, parietal, and temporal cortical(More)
BACKGROUND The objective is to analyze and compare Virginia suicide data from 2003 to 2012 to US suicide data. METHODS Suicide trends by method, age, gender, and race were obtained from Virginia's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's annual reports. RESULTS Similar to US suicide rates, suicide rates in Virginia increased between 2003 and 2012 from(More)
BACKGROUND QTc prolongation and Torsade de Ppointes have been reported in patients on methadone maintenance. OBJECTIVES In this study, QTc was compared before and after the veteran (n = 49) was on a stable dosage of methadone for 8.72 ± 4.50 years to treat heroin dependence. Risk factors were correlated with the QTc once the veteran was on a stable dose(More)
Major depressive disorder is a severe illness that affects 3% to 7% of adults annually in the United States. About 30% of these individuals are refractory to multiple treatment trials. Recent reports have found a significant and almost immediate improvement in depressive symptoms after single or multiple ketamine intravenous infusions (IVIs) in such(More)
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is effective in the treatment of depression. Delayed post-ECT delirium is rare but can occur in a small subset of patients with risk factors and in most cases resolves with the use of psychotropic medications. We report a unique presentation of a patient who developed a delayed post-ECT delirium with fecal incontinence that(More)
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