Category: Psychiatric disorders

Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders by Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi

Eating disorders are serious psychiatric conditions in terms of chronicity and have the highest mortality rate among psychiatric disorders. The assessment and treatment of eating disorders are also challenging, due to patients’ denial of their illness and reluctance for change. Despite a large number of previous assessment and treatment studies, new strategies to overcome these…

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Ventral tegmental area glutamate neurons mediate nonassociative consequences of stress by Dillon J McGovern

Exposure to trauma is a risk factor for the development of a number of mood disorders, and may enhance vulnerability to future adverse life events. Recent data demonstrate that ventral tegmental area (VTA) neurons expressing the vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGluT2) signal and causally contribute to behaviors that involve aversive or threatening stimuli. However, it…

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BMI Modifies the Association Between Depression Symptoms and Serum Copper Levels by Wu Hongrong

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders which dramatically threatens public health and wellness. Copper has been known to be involved in many biological processes that could help explaining the occurrence of depression. However, studies focusing on its effect have yielded mixed results. The present study aims to evaluate the association between serum…

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Effect of long-acting injectable antipsychotics on 1-year hospitalization in bipolar disorder: a mirror-image study by Francesco Bartoli

Long-acting injectable (LAI) antipsychotics are often used for the long-term management also of bipolar disorder (BD). Nonetheless, evidence on their effect on pragmatic outcomes such as hospitalization risk in BD is inconsistent. We carried out a mirror-image study comparing rates and number of days of hospitalization, one year before and after the initiation of LAI…

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Mental health locus of control in refugees with clinically established psychopathology by Antonis Tsionis

The present study attempts to examine the mental health locus of control (LOC) of refugees with clinically diagnosed psychopathology and to examine the possible association of LOC with the presentation of the psychopathology. LOC refers to the degree to which a person attributes what happens in their life to themselves or to external factors. It…

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Eating disorders in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic by Fragiskos Gonidakis

COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences have been influencing considerably the Greek population and especially those people that are vulnerable or are actually suffering from a mental disorder. Considering eating disorders (ED) there are reports of a number of factors that increase the stress experienced by patients. The most important of them are:1 A. Quarantine…

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Prevention of mental health disorders in primary care: Pregnancy in adolescence by Francisco Buitrago Ramírez

Adolescent pregnancy is generally an unwanted pregnancy, a situation that involves significant biological, psychological and social overloads, with repercussions on the health of the mother and the child. But the psychosocially important fact is that an unwanted pregnancy in its entirety gives rise to the birth of an ambivalently wanted child, a high-risk child. Those…

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