Thomas A. Wenzel

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been described as the characteristic sequel to extreme events in life such as war and especially torture. This limitation to a single approach in regard to diagnosis and treatment has been criticised as being a too narrow concept to describe the effects following extreme events in life, especially as most studies so(More)
Several studies have reported raised levels of psychopathology based on self-rating scales in patients with spasmodic torticollis. Recent publications have also proposed that psychopathology, especially symptoms of depression, might be a reaction to dystonia or constitute a nonspecific reaction pattern. To determine the actual frequency of psychiatric(More)
BACKGROUND In most developed countries, survivors of physical torture inflicted for political, religious, or ethnic reasons face ever more stringent review when seeking asylum. In Austria, asylum seekers are required by immigration authorities to undergo medical examination as part of the review. Bone scintigraphy can detect bone lesions that are not(More)
Numerous findings indicate alterations in brain serotonin systems in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We investigated the in vivo availability of thalamus-hypothalamus serotonin transporters (SERT) in patients with DSM-IV OCD who displayed prominent behavioral checking compulsions (OC-checkers). Four hours after injection of(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the life-time prevalence of all major psychiatric disorders in patients suffering from blepharospasm. METHOD A total of 31 consecutive patients with blepharospasm attending the Department of Neurology were interviewed at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Vienna. Patients had been submitted(More)
To the authors' knowledge there is as of yet no study demonstrating in vivo alterations in human serotonin transporters (SERT) during clomipramine treatment in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The only study in which SERT binding has been investigated in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) patients before and after treatment is a small pilot(More)
Although nearly a century has passed since Kraepelin's investigations in Java [Cbl Nervenheilk Psychiatr 1904; 27:468-469], one crucial question regarding guilt in the course of depression has still not been decided: Is there a more or less stable connection independent of culture, or is guilt confined to certain civilisations? This study investigated this(More)
Many people exposed to torture later suffer from torture-related post-traumatic stress disorder (TR-PTSD). The aim of this study was to analyze the morphologic and functional brain changes in patients with TR-PTSD using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET). This study evaluated 19 subjects. Thirteen subcortical brain(More)