Vassilis P Kontaxakis

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OBJECTIVE Schizophrenia has been associated with a high rate of suicide. This study investigates the prevalence of suicidal ideation in a population of inpatients with acute schizophrenia, together with the clinical parameters associated with suicidal thoughts. METHOD We assessed 93 schizophrenia patients. We matched subjects for age and sex and compared(More)
This study aimed to investigate the psychometric properties of the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS), a widely used unidimensional fatigue measure, in patients with major depression. Subjects included were 72 patients with major depressive disorder, diagnosed with the DSM-IV based M.I.N.I. 5.0.0., without comorbid fatigue-associated conditions and Hamilton(More)
Isotretinoin, a synthetic oral retinoid that is used against severe nodulocystic acne, has been associated with various psychiatric side effects such as depression, suicidality and psychotic symptoms. A great number of reports on its effects have been published since its introduction into the market. However, a causal relationship has not been established(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Researchers have shown interest in the association between anhedonia and depression in schizophrenia. The aim of the current study was to investigate the relationship between physical and social anhedonia with depression in a sample of inpatients with schizophrenia in the acute phase of their illness. METHODS Sixty-two patients with acute(More)
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is an uncommon but serious idiosyncratic reaction associated with antipsychotic medication. The purpose of this study was to reveal and analyze the clinical characteristics of the reported cases of NMS in patients given the novel antipsychotic olanzapine. A MEDLINE search related to olanzapine-induced NMS cases reported(More)
The delusional misidentification syndromes (Capgras' syndrome, Frégoli syndrome, intermetamorphosis syndrome, syndrome of subjective doubles) are rare psychopathologic phenomena that occur primarily in the setting of schizophrenic illness, affective disorder, and organic illness. They are grouped together because they often co-occur and interchange, and(More)
Background: The aim of this paper is to describe a case of severe neuroleptic-induced tardive torticollis successfully treated with a combination of clozapine, clonazepam and botulinum toxin-A. Case Report: The patient, a 30-year old man with a seven-year history of delusional disorder experienced severe right torticollis with painful tightness of the neck(More)
OBJECTIVE Atypical antipsychotics are frequently used as augmentation agents in clozapine-resistant schizophrenic patients. Risperidone (RIS) is the one most studied as a clozapine (CLZ) adjunct. The aim of this study is to critically review all published studies regarding the efficacy and safety of RIS as an adjunctive agent in CLZ-resistant schizophrenic(More)
The objective of this study was to assess switching to amisulpride (AMS) in treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Seven male subjects were switched to AMS and followed for 8 weeks. PANSS scores improved from 123 to 66 over this period. We conclude that AMS is of interest in the treatment of refractory schizophrenia.
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to investigate the independent correlations of subjective sleep disturbances (insomnia and daytime sleepiness) with the severity of fatigue in patients with major depression. METHODS Eighty-one currently depressed patients (70 females and 11 males), aged between 23 and 65 years, with a DSM-IV diagnosis of major depressive(More)