Udo Simson

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AIMS Compared to the population as a whole, patients with diabetes mellitus suffer a significantly higher rate of depressive symptoms, especially when they develop complications. Psychotherapy treatments in diabetes mellitus can lead to improvements in both depressive symptoms and glycaemic control. The objective of this study was to investigate whether(More)
OBJECTIVE Compared to the population as a whole patients with diabetes mellitus suffer from a significantly higher rate of depressive symptoms, especially when they develop complications. Little is known about psychological strain in patients suffering from diabetic late complications such as the diabetic foot syndrome. In Germany the diabetic foot syndrome(More)
The aim of the study was to investigate whether alexithymia and emotional awareness could be improved by psychotherapeutic inpatient treatment. The role of alexithymia and emotional awareness in predicting the treatment outcome was investigated. 48 psychosomatically ill patients completed German versions of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), the Levels(More)
OBJECTIVE It is well known fact, that the life of ICD patients is often affected by anxiety and depression. The number of ICD discharges is only a contributing factor explaining the variance of anxiety and depression. There have to be other factors that have more influence on the physical strain of ICD patients. In this study we examined the impact of(More)
Cardiac neurosis is defined as heart complaints for which no organic cause can be found. Other common terms are "cardiac anxiety neurosis", "cardiac anxiety disorder", "cardiac phobia", "functional heart complaints" and "somatoform autonomous functional disorders of the cardiovascular system" (ICD-10). Although cardiac neurosis is rarely diagnosed, it is(More)
OBJECTIVES The Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), is currently the most widely used measure of alexithymia. An alternative measure of alexithymic characteristics is the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS). Aim of the study was to investigate, wether LEAS and TAS-20 scores are associated with interpersonal problems, sociodemografic variables, and(More)
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