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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223177/well-being-and-distress-of-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-comparative-investigation
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Francesca Vescovelli, Daniele Sarti, Chiara Ruini
BACKGROUND: Psychological resources, such as psychological well-being (PWB) and life satisfaction (LS) can aid individuals suffering from chronic illnesses to cope with their illness. The aim of this study was to investigate PWB, LS, quality of life (QoL), and distress in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and to compare them with healthy controls. METHODS: One hundred and thirteen individuals were recruited. Fifty of the participants suffered from PD, while 53 individuals reported other non-neurological diseases...
December 10, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222988/medically-unexplained-physical-symptoms-in-patients-attending-a-medical-outpatient-clinic-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-north-india
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Mohit Sharma, Shubh Mohan Singh, Ajit Avasthi, Subhash C Varma, Aman Sharma, Vikas Suri
OBJECTIVE: Medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) are commonly seen across health care settings. Earlier studies have focussed on prevalence, cost-utilization and burden. Data from India is scarce. Patients with persistent MUPS have more impairment and psychological distress. This study was designed to assess psychological morbidity, health anxiety (HA), somatic symptom load, disability, quality of life (QOL) in patients with persistent MUPS presenting to a general medical outpatient service and compare it with patients with medically explained physical symptoms (MEPS)...
December 2, 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221473/prevalence-of-somatic-and-urogenital-symptoms-as-well-as-psychological-health-in-women-aged-45-to-55-attending-primary-health-care-a-cross-sectional-study
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Lena Rindner, Gunilla Strömme, Lena Nordeman, Margareta Wigren, Dominique Hange, Ronny Gunnarsson, Gun Rembeck
BACKGROUND: Women's physical and mental ill-health such as stress-related symptoms, depression, pain, hypertension and urogenital health shows a marked increase around the ages 45-55 years. These women are an important group for Primary Health Care (PHC) due to their prevalent symptoms and illnesses. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of somatic, psychological and urogenital symptoms in women aged 45-55 attending PHC and evaluate factors associated with severe symptoms...
December 8, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220611/violent-lives-pathways-linking-exposure-to-violence-to-suicidal-behavior-in-a-national-sample
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Chelsea Farrell, Gregory M Zimmerman
OBJECTIVE: This study explored the extent to which depression, somatic symptoms, and substance use mediated the effects of exposure to violence on suicidal ideation and attempted suicide, and whether these pathways varied across gender, age, and race/ethnicity. METHODS: Path analysis on 12,272 adolescents (mean = 15.3 years) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. RESULTS: The impact of exposure to violence on suicidal ideation was fully mediated, and the impact of exposure to violence on attempted suicide was partially mediated by depression, somatic symptoms, and substance use...
December 8, 2017: Archives of Suicide Research: Official Journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218020/peripheral-immune-alterations-in-major-depression-the-role-of-subtypes-and-pathogenetic-characteristics
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Frank Euteneuer, Katharina Dannehl, Adriana Del Rey, Harald Engler, Manfred Schedlowski, Winfried Rief
Depression has been associated with peripheral inflammatory processes and alterations in cellular immunity. Growing evidence suggests that immunological alterations may neither be necessary nor sufficient to induce depression in general, but seem to be associated with specific features. Using baseline data from the Outcome of Psychological Interventions in Depression trial, this exploratory study examines associations between depression subtypes and pathogenetic characteristics (i.e., melancholic vs non-melancholic depression, chronic vs non-chronic depression, age of onset, cognitive-affective and somatic symptom dimensions) with plasma levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10, and numbers of leukocyte subpopulations in 98 patients with major depression (MD) and 30 age and sex-matched controls...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217783/somatic-stat3-mutations-in-the-felty-syndrome-an-implication-for-a-common-pathogenesis-with-large-granular-lymphocyte-leukemia
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Paula Savola, Oscar Brück, Thomas Olson, Tiina Kelkka, Markku J Kauppi, Panu E Kovanen, Soili Kytölä, Tuulikki Sokka-Isler, Thomas P Loughran, Marjatta Leirisalo-Repo, Satu Mustjoki
Felty syndrome is a rare disease defined by neutropenia, splenomegaly, and rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes the differential diagnosis between Felty syndrome and large granular lymphocyte leukemia is problematic. Recently, somatic STAT3 and STAT5B mutations were discovered in 30-40% of patients with large granular lymphocyte leukemia. We now aimed to study whether these mutations can also be detected in Felty syndrome, which would imply for a common pathogenic mechanism between these two disease entities. We collected samples and clinical information from 14 Felty syndrome patients who were monitored at the rheumatology outpatient clinic for Felty syndrome...
December 7, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216870/prevalence-and-severity-of-menopause-symptoms-among-perimenopausal-and-postmenopausal-women-aged-30-49%C3%A2-years-in-gulele-sub-city-of-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Engida Yisma, Natnael Eshetu, Stephanie Ly, Berhanu Dessalegn
BACKGROUND: Menopause is a natural phenomenon occurring as women approach middle-age. It is characterized by declining of ovarian function and onset of the last menstrual period and subsequent 12-month cessation of menstruation. Due to a growing aging population and longer life expectancies, sub-Saharan African women will spend a significant portion of their lives in postmenopause. Menopausal symptom research has been primarily conducted on Caucasian women from high-income countries. Understanding menopause symptom prevalence and perceptions among diverse women in Ethiopia will better inform reproductive health care...
December 8, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212563/clinically-relevant-and-simple-immune-system-measure-is-related-to-symptom-burden-in-bipolar-disorder
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Ole Köhler-Forsberg, Louisa Sylvia, Thilo Deckersbach, Michael Joshua Ostacher, Melvin McInnis, Dan Iosifescu, Charles Bowden, Susan McElroy, Joseph Calabrese, Michael Thase, Richard Charles Shelton, Mauricio Tohen, James Kocsis, Edward Friedman, Terence Ketter, Andrew Alan Nierenberg
OBJECTIVE: Immunological theories, particularly the sickness syndrome theory, may explain psychopathology in mood disorders. However, no clinical trials have investigated the association between overall immune system markers with a wide range of specific symptoms including potential gender differences. METHODS: We included two similar clinical trials, the lithium treatment moderate-dose use study and clinical and health outcomes initiatives in comparative effectiveness for bipolar disorder study, enrolling 765 participants with bipolar disorder...
December 7, 2017: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211115/acute-stress-disorder-and-defense-mechanisms-a-study-of-physical-trauma-patients-admitted-to-an-emergency-hospital
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Márcia Rosane Moreira Santana, Cleonice Zatti, Mariana Lunardi Spader, Bibiana Godoi Malgarim, Emílio Salle, Renato Piltcher, Keila Maria Mendes Ceresér, Andre Goettems Bastos, Lúcia Helena Freitas
INTRODUCTION: Acute stress disorder (ASD) encompasses a set of symptoms that can arise in individuals after exposure to a traumatic event. This study assessed the defense mechanisms used by victims of physical trauma who developed ASD. METHOD: This was a controlled cross-sectional study of 146 patients who suffered physical trauma and required hospitalization. A structured questionnaire was used to evaluate ASD symptoms based on DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, in addition to the Defense Style Questionnaire (DSQ)...
December 4, 2017: Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210286/morality-in-clinical-space-treatment-of-youngsters-with-functional-somatic-symptoms-in-a-western-clinical-context
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Sara Seerup Laursen, Birgitte Dehlholm-Lambertsen, Egon Stenager, Helle Johannessen
This paper explores the moral implications of treatment of young people with functional somatic symptoms. Based on an ethnographic field study at a Danish pain clinic for youngsters (age 8 to 18), the paper seeks to unearth the cultural, moral values that clinical practice steers by and upholds, and the implications this has for the assessment and management of ill body-selves. Through an exposition of the general practice of the clinic and an investigation of two specific cases of youngsters, it is found that the assessment of symptoms and selves and the goals of treatment are informed by cultural ideals of 'the good self' and 'the good life' in which agency and work ethic - both pertaining to the notion of individual responsibility - figure as prevalent virtues...
December 6, 2017: Anthropology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209375/association-of-anxiety-depression-and-somatization-with-menstrual-problems-among-north-korean-women-defectors-in-south-korea
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Hyun Kyoung Kim, Hee Sook Kim, Seog Ju Kim
Objective: North Korean women defectors have suffered from anxiety, depression, and somatization after defection. Also they have had many menstrual problems like amenorrhea. This study was done to identify the correlations of anxiety, depression, and somatization to menstrual problems among North Korean woman defectors in South Korea. Methods: The participants in this study were 126 women from 5 government resettlement centers throughout South Korea. Questionnaires which included State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), Center for Epidemiological studies-Depression Scale (CED-S), and Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R) were used to identify anxiety and somatization...
November 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207728/the-effect-of-soy-isoflavones-on-the-menopause-rating-scale-scoring-in-perimenopausal-and-postmenopausal-women-a-pilot-study
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Marya Ahsan, Ayaz Khurram Mallick
Introduction: Menopause is associated with many unpleasant symptoms which vary in different phases of menopausal transition. Although, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is considered the most effective mode of treatment for these symptoms, its use is associated with increased risk of breast cancer, endometrial cancer and thromboembolic events. Soy isoflavones are being widely used as a safer alternative to HRT, even though scientific evidence of their efficacy is poor or lacking. Aim: To study the effect of soy isoflavone supplementation on the menopausal symptoms in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205675/exploring-associations-between-psychiatric-disorder-psychological-distress-and-healthcare-utilization-in-cancer-patients
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F R Compen, E M M Adang, E M Bisseling, M L Van der Lee, A E M Speckens
OBJECTIVE: The mental burden of cancer might elicit additional healthcare utilization. However, it is unclear how psychiatric disorder and psychological distress relate to healthcare utilization. Therefore, this study explores associations between psychiatric disorder, psychological distress and healthcare utilization. It was hypothesized that presence of psychiatric disorder and psychological distress were associated with increased healthcare utilization and costs. METHODS: The current study consisted of secondary analyses of baseline data of a larger randomized controlled trial...
December 4, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204343/episodic-memory-after-trauma-exposure-medial-temporal-lobe-function-is-positively-related-to-re-experiencing-and-inversely-related-to-negative-affect-symptoms
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Jennifer S Stevens, Renuka Reddy, Ye Ji Kim, Sanne J H van Rooij, Timothy D Ely, Stephan Hamann, Kerry J Ressler, Tanja Jovanovic
Hippocampal structure is particularly sensitive to trauma and other stressors. However, previous findings linking hippocampal function with trauma-related psychopathology have been mixed. Heterogeneity in psychological responses to trauma has not been considered with respect to hippocampal function and may contribute to mixed findings. To address these issues, we examined associations between data-driven symptom dimensions and episodic memory formation, a key function of the hippocampus, in a trauma-exposed sample...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202898/isolated-psychosis-during-exposure-to-very-high-and-extreme-altitude-characterisation-of-a-new-medical-entity
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Katharina Hüfner, Hermann Brugger, Eva Kuster, Franziska Dünsser, Agnieszka E Stawinoga, Rachel Turner, Iztok Tomazin, Barbara Sperner-Unterweger
BACKGROUND: Psychotic episodes during exposure to very high or extreme altitude have been frequently reported in mountain literature, but not systematically analysed and acknowledged as a distinct clinical entity. METHODS: Episodes reported above 3500 m altitude with possible psychosis were collected from the lay literature and provide the basis for this observational study. Dimensional criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders were used for psychosis, and the Lake Louise Scoring criteria for acute mountain sickness and high-altitude cerebral oedema (HACE)...
December 5, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200802/voluntary-and-involuntary-singlehood-and-young-adults-mental-health-an-investigation-of-mediating-role-of-romantic-loneliness
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Katarzyna Adamczyk
The present study tested the hypothesis that single young adults who perceive their singlehood as voluntary would report a higher level of positive mental health (i.e., emotional, psychological and social well-being), lower levels of mental health illness (i.e., somatic symptoms, anxiety, social dysfunction, severe depression) and romantic loneliness in comparison to young adults who perceive their singlehood as involuntary. This paper also investigated whether romantic loneliness mediates the relationship between voluntary and involuntary singlehood, positive mental health, and mental health illness...
2017: Current Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200556/reactions-to-psychiatry-referral-in-patients-presenting-with-physical-complaints-to-medical-and-surgical-outpatient-services
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Shubh Mohan Singh, B N Subodh, Aseem Mehra, Abbas Mehdi
Background: While it is well known that patients with psychiatric illness feel stigmatized, little is known about the reactions to a psychiatric referral among those who visit general hospital medical and surgical services for their complaints. Materials and Methods: This study assessed the sociodemographic details, psychiatric diagnosis, somatic symptom severity, and interview-based reactions to referral among patients referred to psychiatry services from other departments in a general tertiary hospital in North India...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200117/common-histologically-benign-tumors-of-the-brain
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Roy E Strowd, Jaishri O Blakeley
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As a group, benign tumors account for the majority of primary neoplasms affecting the central nervous system (CNS). This article reviews the epidemiology, clinical presentation, neuroimaging features, and management of the most common of these tumors: meningiomas, schwannomas, and pituitary adenomas. RECENT FINDINGS: Awareness of the most common nonmalignant tumors of the CNS and their management guidelines is important as many of these tumors are managed conservatively, with neurologists playing a primary role in both surveillance and symptom management...
December 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199141/effects-of-amitriptyline-and-escitalopram-on-sleep-and-mood-in-patients-with-functional-dyspepsia
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Linda M Herrick, Michael Camilleri, Cathy D Schleck, Alan R Zinsmeister, Yuri A Saito, Nicholas J Talley
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Tricyclic antidepressants are effective in reducing symptoms of functional dyspepsia (FD). We performed a post hoc analysis of data from a previous randomized clinical trial to determine whether the benefits of an antidepressant on gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with FD were mediated by improving sleep or reducing anxiety. We explored the relationships between psychological measures, quality of sleep, and relief of symptoms. METHODS: We analyzed data from a multicenter, double-blind trial that evaluated the efficacy of antidepressants on symptoms of FD, from October 2006 through October 2012...
December 1, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198292/polysomnography-detected-bruxism-in-children-is-associated-with-somatic-complaints-but-not-anxiety
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Candice A Alfano, Joanne L Bower, Jessica M Meers
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Sleep bruxism (SB) is common in children and is associated with somatic symptoms and sleep disturbance. Etiological theories posit the role of anxiety, suggesting youth with anxiety disorders may be at high risk for SB, but empirical data are lacking. Furthermore, parent report rather than polysomnography (PSG) has been used to examine SB-anxiety relationships in children. We examined rates of PSG-detected compared to parent-reported SB in children with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and healthy controls...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
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