Virginio Salvi

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OBJECTIVE This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in Italian patients with bipolar disorder (BD) and to determine the sociodemographic and clinical correlates of MetS in this patient population. METHOD Subjects with BD I and II were included. Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics, lifestyle information (alcohol and(More)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) often emerges in childhood or adolescence. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether adult patients with prepuberal onset differ from subjects with later onset in terms of personality disorder comorbidity. The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis II Disorders was used to assess 148 patients with a(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of extended anti-depressant treatment on weight has been poorly investigated. Also unknown is whether different compounds have differential effects. The aim of the present study was to assess changes in weight in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) patients treated for 2.5 years with clomipramine or selective serotonin reuptake(More)
Abnormal vaginal discharge syndrome (AVDS) is a commonly observed gynaecological complaint for which women seek medical attention. The present study was conducted in six Indian Council of Medical Research centres with Praneem polyherbal tablets (PPT), to determine their efficacy in the treatment of symptomatic women with AVDS. Data are given on 141 subjects(More)
OBJECTIVE Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain and higher pain perception in specific anatomic sites called tender points. Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with psychiatric symptoms, like depression and anxiety; indeed some authors have argued about the possibility to classify this syndrome into affective spectrum(More)
BACKGROUND Classical authors had hypothesized that affective temperaments represent the subclinical manifestations of mood disorders: in particular, cyclothymic and hyperthymic temperaments have been considered as a subthreshold variant of bipolar disorder. The aim of our study is to test the presence of affective temperaments in a group of Italian patients(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was, first, to examine health-related quality of life among relatives of Italian patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder and, second, to search for potential predictors of quality of life among these relatives. METHODS Health-related quality of life was assessed among 64 non-psychiatrically ill family members of 48(More)
OBJECTIVE Bipolar disorder is associated with a high risk of suicide. Many clinical characteristics and, recently, biomarkers have been studied with the aim to find useful predictors of suicidality. The role of serum lipids has also been explored albeit with conflicting results; however, few studies have been focused on patients with bipolar disorder. Aim(More)
BACKGROUND Whether or not to use antidepressants in patients with bipolar disorder is a matter of debate. Antidepressant treatment of bipolar depression has been associated with manic switch and cycle acceleration. Furthermore, recent studies have argued against the efficacy of antidepressants in the treatment of bipolar depression. Nevertheless, many(More)