Shoshana Peyser

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BACKGROUND Controversy persists about the use of right unilateral (RUL) and bilateral (BL) electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). While RUL ECT results in less severe short-term and long-term cognitive effects, there is concern that it is less efficacious than BL ECT. METHODS In a double-blind study, 80 depressed patients were randomized to RULECT, with(More)
Interest in patients' subjective complaints about the adverse cognitive effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) spans several decades. This article reviews the major areas that have been examined in relation to patients' subjective assessment of memory function: 1) technical aspects in the administration of ECT; 2) objective tests of cognitive function;(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to examine the effects of aging on neuropsychological functions in bipolar and unipolar major depression. BACKGROUND Earlier studies suggested that neurocognitive deficits in mood disorder patients correlate with duration and severity of illness and also that bipolar disorder has a more virulent course than unipolar(More)
The feasibility of using a computer-automated telephone outreach system to routinely assess the needs of chemotherapy outpatients was evaluated. The automated intervention was designed as a cost-efficient strategy for assessing patients' needs on a periodic basis so that emerging needs could be identified in a timely way. Ninety-seven chemotherapy(More)
The authors evaluated personality disorders in elderly patients with DSM-IV dysthymic disorder (DD) to identify prevalent personality disorders and their clinical correlates. Outpatients (>/=60 years; N=76) with DD were evaluated; most were male (65.8%) and had late age at onset (>50 years: 60.5%). Axis II disorders were present in 31.2% of patients, with(More)
OBJECTIVES There is sparse evidence for differences in response to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) between patients with bipolar or unipolar major depression, with virtually no information on speed of response. We contrasted a large sample of bipolar (BP) and unipolar (UP) depressed patients in likelihood and rapidity of clinical improvement with ECT. (More)
ABSTRACT Background. The pain of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) that follows herpes zoster infection disproportionately affects the elderly. Objectives. The study aimed to determine the impact of gabapentin (Neurontin®, Pfizer) on the functioning of patients with PHN, with a particular emphasis placed on patientreported outcome domains captured in the Medical(More)
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