Monthly Archives: November 2008

Responses to panic induction procedures in subjects with multiple chemical sensitivity/idiopathic environmental intolerance: understanding the relationship with panic disorder.

Environ Health Perspect. 2002 Aug;110 Suppl 4:669-71. Related Articles, Cited Articles, Compound (MeSH Keyword), Substance (MeSH Keyword), Free in PMC, Cited in PMC, LinkOut   Responses to panic induction procedures in subjects with multiple chemical sensitivity/idiopathic environmental intolerance: understanding the relationship with panic disorder. Tarlo SM, Poonai N, Binkley K, Antony MM, Swinson RP. Gage Occupational and Environmental Health Unit, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. susan.tarlo@utoronto.ca Idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI), also known as multiple chemical sensitivity, is a clinical description for a cluster of symptoms of unknown etiology that have been attributed by patients to multiple … Continue reading

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Panic attacks in an individual with bilateral selective lesions of the amygdala.

Arch Neurol. 2006 Dec;63(12):1798-801. Related Articles, LinkOut Panic attacks in an individual with bilateral selective lesions of the amygdala. Wiest G, Lehner-Baumgartner E, Baumgartner C. Department of Neurology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. gerald.wiest@meduniwien.ac.at OBJECTIVE: To describe the unique case of a patient with panic attacks and bilateral selective amygdala lesions due to Urbach-Wiethe disease. DESIGN: Case report. SETTING: Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Medical University of Vienna. Patient A 38-year-old man with Urbach-Wiethe disease developed spontaneous panic attacks and depressive mood, which ceased after antidepressive … Continue reading

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Treatment of nocturnal disturbances and excessive daytime sleepiness in Parkinson’s disease.

Neurology. 2004 Oct 26;63(8 Suppl 3):S35-8. Related Articles, Substance (MeSH Keyword), LinkOut Treatment of nocturnal disturbances and excessive daytime sleepiness in Parkinson’s disease. Barone P, Amboni M, Vitale C, Bonavita V. Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Napoli Federico II, Via Pansini 5, 80131 Naples, Italy. Nocturnal disturbances are common in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients, with almost 70% of these patients reporting nocturnal disturbances. The etiology of sleep disturbances in patients with PD is still controversial. They might be dependent on dopaminergic drugs, on disease … Continue reading

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Emptiness in agoraphobia patients.

J Am Psychoanal Assoc. 2007 Summer;55(3):1007-26; discussion 1027-32. Related Articles, Links Emptiness in agoraphobia patients. Milrod B. Weill Cornell College of Medicine, USA. bmilrod@mail.med.cornell.edu In light of new research findings about the efficacy of psychodynamic treatment for panic disorder and agoraphobia, it seems a prudent time to carefully address psychoanalytic thinking about the treatment of agoraphobia. The literature has highlighted oedipal contributions to its genesis and clinical unraveling in psychoanalysis. While those contributions are indeed central to the disorder, structural deficits in the self-representation often … Continue reading

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Can carotid body perfusion act as a respiratory controller?

J Theor Biol. 2007 Dec 21;249(4):737-48. Epub 2007 Sep 15. Related Articles, Links Can carotid body perfusion act as a respiratory controller? Virkki A, Polo O, Gyllenberg M, Aittokallio T. Biomathematics Research Group, Department of Mathematics, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland. arho.virkki@utu.fi The carotid bodies contain chemoreceptor cells that respond to hypoxia and hypercapnia/acidosis of the arterial blood. Since the carotid bodies receive exceptionally high blood perfusion through branches of the external carotid artery, their impulse activity to the respiratory center is thought to … Continue reading

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Orthostatic panic attacks among Vietnamese refugees.

Transcult Psychiatry. 2007 Dec;44(4):515-44. Related Articles, Links Orthostatic panic attacks among Vietnamese refugees. Hinton DE, Hinton L, Tran M, Nguyen M, Nguyen L, Hsia C, Pollack MH. Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Boston 02114, USA. devon_hinton@hms.harvard.edu Viewed historically and cross-culturally, orthostatic-induced dizziness, i.e., dizziness caused by standing up from a sitting or a lying position, forms a key aspect of many syndromes: irritable heart (American Civil War), effort syndrome (World War I and World War II), chronic fatigue syndrome (contemporary USA), … Continue reading

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Childhood trauma, trauma in adulthood, and psychiatric diagnoses: results from a community sample.

Compr Psychiatry. 2008 Mar-Apr;49(2):163-9. Epub 2007 Oct 24. Related Articles, Links Childhood trauma, trauma in adulthood, and psychiatric diagnoses: results from a community sample. Zlotnick C, Johnson J, Kohn R, Vicente B, Rioseco P, Saldivia S. Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA. czlotnick@butler.org This study compared the prevalence rates of various psychiatric disorders in persons with first onset of a potentially traumatic event (PTE) in childhood, persons with first onset of a PTE in … Continue reading

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Effects of experimental panic on neuroimmunological functioning.

J Psychosom Res. 2008 Mar;64(3):305-10. Related Articles, Links Effects of experimental panic on neuroimmunological functioning. van Duinen MA, Schruers KR, Kenis GR, Wauters A, Delanghe J, Griez EJ, Maes MH. School of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. marlies.vanduinen@pn.unimaas.nl OBJECTIVE: Psychoimmunological research in panic disorder (PD) so far focussed on single time point evaluation in resting conditions. No robust evidence for changes in the immune system was found using this method. However, PD is characterized by the occurrence of unexpected panic attacks (PAs). … Continue reading

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Panic disorder in patients with chronic heart failure.

J Psychosom Res. 2008 Mar;64(3):299-303. Related Articles, Links Panic disorder in patients with chronic heart failure. Müller-Tasch T, Frankenstein L, Holzapfel N, Schellberg D, Löwe B, Nelles M, Zugck C, Katus H, Rauch B, Haass M, Jünger J, Remppis A, Herzog W. Department of Psychosomatic and General Internal Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. Thomas.Mueller-Tasch@med.uni-heidelberg.de OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to assess the prevalence of panic disorder, its influence on quality of life (QoL), and the presence of further anxiety and depressive comorbid disorders in outpatients … Continue reading

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Alexithymia and cognitive dysfunctions in patients with panic disorder.

Psychother Psychosom. 2008;77(3):182-8. Epub 2008 Mar 10. Related Articles, Links Alexithymia and cognitive dysfunctions in patients with panic disorder. Galderisi S, Mancuso F, Mucci A, Garramone S, Zamboli R, Maj M. Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy. sgalderi@tin.it BACKGROUND: In patients with panic disorder (PD), the difficulty to identify and manage emotional experience might contribute to the enduring vulnerability to panic attacks. Such a difficulty might reflect a dysfunction of fronto-temporo-limbic circuits. The present study was designed to test the hypothesis that … Continue reading

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Elevated brain lactate responses to neural activation in panic disorder: a dynamic 1H-MRS study.

Mol Psychiatry. 2008 Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print] Related Articles, Links Elevated brain lactate responses to neural activation in panic disorder: a dynamic 1H-MRS study. Maddock RJ, Buonocore MH, Copeland LE, Richards AL. [1] 1Department of Psychiatry, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, USA [2] 3Imaging Research Center, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, USA. Converging evidence suggests that patients with panic disorder have a metabolic disturbance that may influence the regulation of arousal systems and confer vulnerability to ‘spontaneous’ … Continue reading

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[Foreign accent syndrome in a case of dissociative (conversion) disorder]

Seishin Shinkeigaku Zasshi. 2008;110(2):79-87. Related Articles, Links [Foreign accent syndrome in a case of dissociative (conversion) disorder] [Article in Japanese] Tsuruga K, Kobayashi T, Hirai N, Kato S. Department of Psychiatry, Jichi Medical University. Psychiatric symptoms are often manifested in verbal expression. Generally, the contents of such expression are pathological. The formal abnormalities of speech are also observed in various mental disorders, as far as quantitative abnormalities are concerned. However, disturbance of intonation, namely disprosody, is more commonly observed in organic disorders of the brain. … Continue reading

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