Yehuda Sasson

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OBJECTIVE A 20-month prospective follow-up of survivors of the severe earthquake in Turkey in 1999 examined the natural course of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the contribution of different symptom clusters to the emergence of PTSD. METHOD Subjects were randomly sampled in a suburb of Istanbul that was severely affected by the earthquake. A(More)
OCD was considered a rare, treatment refractory disorder of psychological origin, up until 20 years ago. Research in the last two decades has altered the perspectives regarding OCD. It is now clear that OCD is a prevalent disorder--about 2% of the population suffer from OCD--and that it is amenable both to psychological (cognitive-behavioural approach) and(More)
Over the past decade, epidemiological, phenomenological, pharmacological, neurobiological, brain imaging and genetic research has contributed to a substantial change in our understanding of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Once regarded as a rare psychodynamic illness, OCD is now recognized as a common condition affecting 2-3% of the population. Better(More)
The Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) and an alternation learning task were administered to 15 women with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and 15 age-, sex-, education-, and intelligence-matched healthy controls. OCD patients were significantly slower on the WCST as compared to the controls. Their performance on the alternation learning task was(More)
A pertinent question in biological psychiatry is what differentiates responders and non-responders to pharmacological treatment. One possibility is that individual differences in the symptomatic spectrum as well as in the underlying biology of the disorder lead to the known 40% failure in pharmacological treatment. Our study aimed to maximize individual(More)
This report documents emerging posttraumatic obsessive-compulsive disorder in 13 Israeli military veterans diagnosed with both obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for whom the onset of OCD was clearly associated with the trauma. Data presented include four detailed case reports that delineate relations between(More)
Olfactory sensitivity to two odorants, isoamyl acetate and androsterone, was assessed in 14 obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) patients, nine major depressive disorder (MDD) patients, and 16 sex- and age-matched healthy controls. Tests were performed during a drug-free period, and 3 and 6 weeks after initiation of antidepressant drug therapy. No difference(More)
Comorbidity in bipolar disorder is the rule rather than the exception more than 60% of bipolar patients have a comorbid diagnosis and is associated with a mixed affective or dysphoric state; high rates of suicidality; less favourable response to lithium and poorer overall outcome. There is convincing evidence that rates of substance use and anxiety(More)
The serotonergic system has been implicated in both the aetiology and pharmacological treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. In pharmacological challenge tests, mCPP, a 5-HT agonist, with an affinity for 5HT2C as well as 5HT1A and 5HT1D receptors, was associated with a transient exacerbation of obsessive compulsive symptoms. Chronic administration of(More)
Abnormality of the serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine - 5-HT) system and particularly hypersensitivity of postsynaptic 5-HT receptors remained the leading hypothesis for the underlying pathophysiology of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) during the 1980s. A number of lines of evidence supported this serotonergic hypothesis, not least the treatment studies(More)