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  1. Mindfulness training as an intervention for fibromyalgia: evidence of postintervention and 3-year follow-up benefits in well-being.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(4):226 (2007) PMID 17570961

    Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) proposes a systematic program for reduction of suffering associated with a wide range of medical conditions. Studies suggest improvements in general aspects of well-being, including quality of life (QoL), coping and positive affect, as well as decreased ...
  2. Reflections on relevance: the fields of psychosomatics and psychotherapy in 2006.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(4):203 (2007) PMID 17570958

    This article reviews several areas of new and interesting development in the fields of psychosomatics and psychotherapy published in the literature during 2006. These areas are: (1) cardiovascular illness and its interplay with depression; (2) risks and predisposing factors in the areas of menta...
  3. Combined brief dynamic therapy and pharmacotherapy in the treatment of major depressive disorder: a pilot study.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(5):298 (2007) PMID 17700050

    The relative efficacy of supplemental psychotherapy in the treatment of depression is still a matter of debate. Moreover, the superiority of brief dynamic therapy (BDT) over supportive psychotherapies is not well established. The aim of this study is to compare the efficacy of BDT added to medic...
  4. Sudden glory revisited: cognitive contents of hypomania.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(5):278 (2007) PMID 17700048

    Cognitive aspects of hypomania have been historically neglected. Although they do not have an etiological role, they may be essential to understand factors underlying the hypomanic ascent in bipolar disorders and constitute key modulators of the course of illness. We have performed a critical re...
  5. Psychiatrist attitudes toward self-treatment of their own depression.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(5):306 (2007) PMID 17700051

    Self-treatment and treatments of friends or relatives is a controversial issue, tolerated by some and discouraged by others, including professionals. The author studied the attitudes toward self-treatment of depression among psychiatrists in Michigan. A questionnaire asking whether the psychiatr...
  6. Should the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in child and adolescent depression be banned?

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(1):5 (2007) PMID 17170559

    European and US pharmaceutical agencies have recently warned against the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in child and adolescent depression. This came as a surprise to many practitioners, who had made treatment decisions based on data from pharmaceutical trials using adult...
  7. Is the CES-D a measure of happiness?

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(1):60; author reply 61 (2007) PMID 17170567

  8. Intrapersonal conflict in goals and values of patients with unipolar depression.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(3):162 (2007) PMID 17426415

    Although increased conflicts between attitudes and beliefs about certain goals or values are often discussed as important factors in depression, there are only few empirical studies investigating these relations among patients with depressive disorders. In the present study, we used the Intraper...
  9. Pain response in depersonalization: a functional imaging study using hypnosis in healthy subjects.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(2):115 (2007) PMID 17230052

    Depersonalization (DP) is characterized by persistent or recurrent episodes of detachment from one's self with reduced pain perception being a common feature. Alterations in the body schema similar to the cortico-limbic disconnection syndrome of pain asymbolia are suggested to be responsible for...
  10. Anger, depression and personality dimensions in patients with migraine without aura.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(2):122 (2007) PMID 17230053

    Migraine without aura causes acute and chronic pain and partially compromises patients' social functioning and work performance. Over the past years, psychiatric comorbidities were frequently observed in these patients, together with coping difficulties and typical personality traits. The aim of...
  11. Is there a continuity between bipolar and depressive disorders?

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(2):70 (2007) PMID 17230047

    Recent studies questioned the current categorical split of mood disorders into bipolar disorders (BP) and depressive disorders (MDD). Medline database search of papers from the last 10 years on the categorical-dimensional classification of mood disorders. Various combinations of the following ke...
  12. Grief and post-traumatic growth in parents 2-6 years after the death of their extremely premature baby.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(2):106 (2007) PMID 17230051

    To assess grief and post-traumatic growth in parents 2-6 years after the death of a premature baby (24-26 weeks' gestation) and to evaluate Pictorial Representation of Illness and Self-Measure (PRISM) in the assessment of bereavement. Fifty-four parents were assessed for their experiences during...
  13. Improving volitional competence is crucial for the efficacy of psychosomatic therapy: a controlled clinical trial.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(2):89 (2007) PMID 17230049

    Although skills of will (volitional competences), such as self-motivation or emotion regulation, are particularly necessary for patients with psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders, it is unknown whether volitional deficits can be reduced and thereby the efficacy of psychotherapy increased. We ...
  14. The road to recovery from depression--don't drive today with yesterday's map.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(5):260 (2007) PMID 17700045

    The issue of recovery is getting increasing attention in depression research, particularly after the publication of the STAR*D results. The paper analyzes some issues which may hinder effective treatment of major depressive disorders: the inadequacies of a cross-sectional DSM assessment without ...
  15. Treatment-associated suicidal ideation and adverse effects in an open, multicenter trial of fluoxetine for major depressive episodes.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(1):40 (2007) PMID 17170562

    Some reports suggest that a subset of depressed patients may experience suicidality - that is increase or emergence of suicidal ideation (SI) or behavior--after initiation of an antidepressant. The time course and clinical correlates of this phenomenon have not been characterized in detail. We c...
  16. Childhood separation anxiety and the risk of subsequent psychopathology: Results from a community study.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(1):47 (2007) PMID 17170563

    To examine the association between separation anxiety disorder (SAD) and mental disorders in a community sample and to evaluate whether separation anxiety is specifically related to panic disorder with and without agoraphobia. The data come from a 4-year, prospective longitudinal study of a repr...
  17. Dreaming in posttraumatic stress disorder: A critical review of phenomenology, psychophysiology and treatment.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(1):25 (2007) PMID 17170561

    This review summarizes the available knowledge on the phenomenology of posttraumatic dreams. Posttraumatic nightmares are reported by up to 70% of individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). An extensive review of polysomnographic studies suggests that neither this high inci...
  18. Information overload, the patient and the clinician.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(1):1 (2007) PMID 17170558

  19. Bipolar (spectrum) disorder and mood stabilization: standing at the crossroads?

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(2):77 (2007) PMID 17230048

    Diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder has long been a neglected discipline. Recent years have shown an upsurge in bipolar research. When compared to major depressive disorder, bipolar research still remains limited and more expert based than evidence based. In bipolar diagnosis the focus i...
  20. Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: a systematic review.

    Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 76(4):196 (2007) PMID 17570957

    Computer-guided therapy is an innovative treatment strategy that could have an important role in the future of psychological treatment. This paper summarises the available published evidence that assesses the effectiveness of a computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (CCBT) for obsessive-compul...