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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)
Past clinical research has identified depression as the most common psychiatric disorder associated with cervical dystonia (CD). The purpose of our study is to document different patterns of psychopathology, the frequency of psychiatric disorders, and possible correlation with the neurological disorder in patients with CD. Forty patients with CD were(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)
In a prospective cohort study the influence of self-monitoring of the International Normalized Ratio (INR) was examined on 100 consecutive patients for a period of 6 months. Quality of life changed in a positive way. Independence and better organization of vacation and spare time were the most frequently mentioned advantages of the new method. Quality of(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)
Blepharospasm is a dystonia of the orbicularis muscle. The background is still unknown, but it appears together with organic and psychic diseases. The therapy with botulinum toxine is symptomatically but efficient. Because of the relaxing effect on the psychological and autonomous nervous disorders we performed a pilot study with acupuncture. There was a(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)
UNLABELLED The substantial impact of the war in Kosovo has been documented by earlier research performed shortly after the war, but only limited data on the long term mental health impact have been published so far, mostly limited to posttraumatic stress (PTSD). The present study is aimed at extending the focus to a major question so far neglected in most(More)