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Can the symptoms of schizophrenia be reset?

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This work basing on a study of medical records is a story of a young patient, repeatedly hospitalized with various diagnoses, in whom the psychiatric symptoms significantly decreased after waking from coma, resulting from an unfortunate accident.

There are presented subsequent stages of treatment and hospitalizations and the analysis of the problem if the restart is possible in terms of mental state, in a patient who for years had experienced omental-delusive experiences of high severity and anxiety, leading to several suicidal attempts with serious consequences.

The discussion also describes the issue of double diagnosis and the criteria for amphetamine-induced psychosis.

Can schizophrenia be cured and its symptoms reset ?

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Structural and functional changes in the central nervous system in the course of anorexia nervosa

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New achievements within structural and functional imaging of central nervous system offer a basis for better understanding of the mechanisms underlying many mental disorders. In everyday clinical practice, we encounter many difficulties in the therapy of eating disorders. They are caused by a complex psychopathological picture, varied grounds of the problems experienced by patients, often poor motivation for active participation in the treatment process, difficulties in communication between patients and therapeutic staff, and various biological conditions of eating disorders. In this paper, the latest reports on new concepts and methods of diagnosis and treatment of anorexia nervosa have been analyzed. The selection of the analyzed publications was based on the criteria taking into account the time of publication, the size of research cohorts, as well as the experience of research teams in the field of nutritional disorders, confirmed by the number of works and their citations. The work aims to spread current information on anorexia nervosa neurobiology that would allow for determining the brain regions involved in the regulation of food intake, and consequently that may be a potential place where neurobiochemical processes responsible for eating disorders occur. In addition, using modern methods of structural imaging, the authors want to show some of the morphometric variations, particularly within white matter, occurring in patients suffering from anorexia nervosa, as well as those evaluated with magnetoencephalography of processes associated with the neuronal processing of information related to food intake. For example as regards anorexia nervosa, it was possible to localize the areas associated with eating disorders and broaden our knowledge about the changes in these areas that cause and accompany the illness. The described in this paper research studies using diffusion MRI fiber tractography showed the presence of changes in the white matter pathways of the brain, especially in the corpus callosum, which indicate a reduced content of myelin. These changes probably reflect malnutrition, and directly represent the effect of lipid deficiency. This leads to a weakening of the structure, and even cell death. In addition, there are more and more reports that show the normal volume of brain cells in patients with long-term remission of anorexia. It was also shown that in patients in remission stage there are functional changes within the amygdala in response to a task not related symptomatologically with anorexia nervosa. The appearing in the scientific literature data stating that in patients with anorexia nervosa there is a reduced density of GFAP + cells of the hippocampus and increased expression of vimentin and nestin, is also worth noting.

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The Impact of Emotional Intelligence Level on The Depression Vulnerability

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Introduction: Recently the issue of emotional intelligence has become a widespread theme of discussion. This review paper is made a contribution to this debate. Discovering of effective predictive and protective factors for depression would have far-reaching consequences for society, science and economy.

Material and Methods: To investigate this issue, we searched articles available in the Google Scholar and PudMed databases under the following terms: emotional intelligence, depression, emotional intelligence and depression for the years 1999-2019. Accessible literature allowed to show basic information of emotional intelligence, detect a system of relationships between emotional intelligence level and depression, and present recommendations.

Results and Discussion: The result of this analysis is a statement that all components of emotional intelligence can be a defense against depression. People with high abilities in regulation their own emotions have large social support, what protect them against depression. The capable managing one’s own and others’ emotions create large and deep interpersonal relationships, what provide more emotional support and tangible assistance during everyday challenges. Stressful life events are among the most powerful predictors of depression, and high level of emotional intelligence enable to cope with them more effectively.

Conclusions: The present text will constitute an impulse to explore this theme more. Moreover, there is a recommendation for researchers to create more effective and simplified tests for examining the level of emotional intelligence in case of spreading them much more and use them in a routine psychiatric practice. A confirmation of the title hypothesis can stand a key to struggle with depression.

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Dissociative identity disorder as a wide range of defense mechanisms in children with a history of early childhood trauma

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Introduction: Dissociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder, involves simultaneous manifestation of multiple alternative personalities in one human body. The disorder is still a puzzle to contemporary researchers. In comparison to the United States, where the detection rate of this disorder is growing, in Poland, it is still a niche issue, unknown to many scientists and clinicians. Rather alarmingly, this situation has remained the same for many years now.

Objective: The aim of the present study is to draw attention to the adaptive character of dissociative identity disorder as a defense mechanism in children who have experienced extremely traumatic events in early childhood. The work also sets itself the task of disseminating knowledge about multiple personality disorder in the Polish scientific community, with the hope of encouraging wider research in this area in Poland.

Material and Methods: To investigate this issue, we searched articles available in the PubMed, Google Scholar, and Polish Medical Bibliography (Polska Bibliografia Lekarska) databases for the years 1960–2018. The following search terms were used: multiple personality, dissociative identity disorder, dissociative identity disorder and children. On the basis of a meta-analysis of the available literature, we offer a general characterization of the disorder, describe its symptomatology, present several theories of its etiology and conclude it through the prism of its adaptive function.

Results and Discussion: From the analysis of the gather data, we can conclude that multiple personality disorder can be a broad variant of the child's defense mechanisms against extreme, traumatic events from childhood, which they try to cope with by creating alter personalities. Abused children create other representations of the Self to be able to rid themselves of suffering, a process that is necessary for them to survive and further develop mentally and physically.

Conclusions: There is no doubt that Polish research on this disorder is much needed. It could provide more information on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of multiple personality. In addition, a better understanding of the issue might bring us closer to the understanding of how the human mind works.

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Treatment-refractory and super refractory schizophrenia - a case study

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Refractoriness affects about 25% of patients treated with antipsychotics, and it is a very big challenge for clinicians. The most commonly accepted definition of refractoriness is: lack of satisfactory clinical response to treatment with at least two antipsychotic drugs, from different groups, carried out at therapeutic doses and for a sufficiently long period.

Aim : The aim of the study is to analyze the case of a patient diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Methods: Analysis of medical records, available literature from recent years on treatment-refractory and super-refractory schizophrenia.

Results: A 53-year-old patient, a bachelor, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia with an extremely severe, non-remission course with drug resistance features. The patient's father and sister also suffer from severe paranoid schizophrenia. The patient became ill at the age of 22. Despite the high doses of clozapine, in a sufficiently long period of time, the patient maintained positive and negative symptoms, cognitive deficits and behavioral disorders. The patient was 14 times psychiatrically hospitalized, twice treated with electro-convulsive therapy, which did not bring results despite the combination of electroconvulsive therapywith psycho pharmacotherapy. In addition, the patient was addicted to benzodiazepines, administered during anxiety and anxiety attacks by the mother, during the described hospitalization, gradually discontinued. Patient after several attempts of committing suicide, with a tendency to self-destructive behavior. The illustrated case meets the criteria of super-refractory schizophrenia (SRS).

Conclusions: 1. The category of refractory schizophrenia encountered in the literature is not a separate diagnostic category - it does not exist in classification systems, therefore we consider the phenomenon / symptom of drug resistance - variously defined. 2. Social relations have a big impact on the functioning of the patient as well as the course of the disease and prognosis (the role of the family). 3. There are numerous methods for the potentiating of clozapine treatment, of which combining clozapine with EC therapy is effective and safe. The strategy for combining clozapine with EC is effective, but not in all patients.

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Insight and recovery and the stigma of mental illness - analysis of the phenomenon of insight in schizophrenia and its correlations with the processes of stigma and self-stigma

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Does better insight associated with the process of recovery mean a stronger sense of mental illness stigma? This article presents the relationship between a multidimensional construct, which is the insight and the phenomena of stigma and self-stigma of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. It is well known that the term insight contains: a sense of illness, the patient's attitude to its symptoms, explanation of the causes of the illness, attitude to the rationale of treatment and awareness of the risk of relapse. On the other hand, self-stigma occurs when the patient internalizes and refers to himself/herselfnegative and stigmatizing social attitudes, conditioned by the presence of conventionalbeliefs, strengthened by the media, and this weakens the process of recovery.

How much does good insight strengthen the patient on the way to fuller social functioning, and how much does it imprint stigma of mental illness and weaken its positionin society? The authors of the paper are discussing the subject of insight and stigma from the patient's perspective, over the patient’s attitude towards the diagnosis of schizophrenia, the process of recovery and the aspect of hope - important in recovery. These study of construct insight shows that the relationship insight-recovery-stigma is a multi-dimensional plane, dependent on various factors, that needs constant deepening and complementing with further research.

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Affective disorders in pregnancy and the postpartum period – from statistics to treatment. A synchronic approach.

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The progress of medicine in the recent decades has strongly improved perinatal care, especially its somatic-related aspects. Pregnancy and childbirth have become much safer, but the mental strain and stress have remained the same. The models of motherhood and the number of children in a family have changed, giving rise to significant requirements concerning the quality of life of the offspring. These changes have brought about new psychological challenge for women and a team of psychiatrists and gynaecologists – obstetricians. The aim of this study is to look at the affective disorders affecting women during pregnancy and postpartum: the postpartum depression and so-called baby blues, which were both compiled in the form of a table in the final part of this work to illustrate the differences between these two mental disorders.

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Irritable bowel syndrome – psychiatric issues

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Introduction: Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic gastrointestinal disease classified as a functional gastrointestinal disorder. It has been diagnosed on the basis of the so-called Rome IV criteria since 2016. The prevalence of IBS in the general population is about 10–20%, with most patients being women. The etiology of the syndrome is multifactorial and is associated with visceral sensory dysfunction, abnormalities of motor and secretory bowel function, a history of infectious diarrhea and abnormalities in gut microbiota, dysregulation of the brain–gut axis (the influence of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and sex hormones), genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors, and the patient's personality traits. IBS patients may show differences in the structure and function of the brain when compared to healthy control individuals. Treatment of IBS involves the use of non-pharmacological interventions (psychotherapy, education, hypnotherapy, dietary modifications, regular physical activity) and pharmacotherapy (cholinolytic drugs, opioid receptor antagonists, tricyclic antidepressants, serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonists and 5-HT4 agonists).

Aim: The aim of the authors of this work is to draw attention to certain psychiatric aspects of the irritable bowel syndrome. It meets the criteria for a somatization disorder. Somatization is an important psychological factor directly related to the severity of IBS. It is estimated that the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among IBS patients ranges from 40% to 90% and is higher than in the general population. Affective disorders and anxiety disorders are the most commonly diagnosed.

Method: The article reviews the research and works available in the Google Scholar and PubMed databases combining the issue of IBS with psychiatric aspects, i.e. common for IBS and psychiatric disorders, etiopathogenesis, the concept of somatization in the context of IBS, and the coexistence of diseases and mental disorders with the irritable bowel syndrome.

Conclusion: Further research is needed to determine the causes of comorbidity of IBS and mental disorders.

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Deep brain stimulation in the obsessive-compulsive syndrome

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Introduction The authors present an overview of current views on the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder refractory to pharmacological and psychological treatment.

Aim: To review the mechanisms of stimulation of deep brain structures and to evaluate the effectiveness of therapy in obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Method: Review and analysis of the Polish and foreign scientific articles from the years 1999-2016.

Conclusions: According to the literature considered, in half of the examined patients there was an improvement of over 35% on the Y-BOCS scale, in some patients even a reduction of symptoms reaching 81-83% was described. Previous studies have been carried out on small groups of patients. Since 2009, the method of invasive treatment with deep brain stimulation of the obsessive-compulsive syndrome is registered in the EU. In spite of the above, additional studies are necessary on a larger group of patients in order to precisely estimate the effectiveness of the procedure and elaborate the criteria for qualifying patients for inclusion in the procedure.

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Can the use of varenicline improve the efficacy of pharmacotherapy for nicotine addiction?

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Introduction: Smoking is a huge medical and social problem in Poland, with as many as about 24% of Poles being addicted to nicotine. Approximately 6 million people worldwide die every year from conditions that are closely related to tobacco addiction, such as cancer and cardiovascular, metabolic or lung diseases. The difficulty in combatting nicotine dependence is largely due to the complex mechanism of this addiction. The motivation of a patient to quit smoking is of great importance in the difficult withdrawal process. Strengthening this motivation is one of the most important tasks of physicians and addiction therapists.

Overview of literature: Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has been the most widely known way to break away from smoking addiction for many years now. It involves delivering nicotine to the body in ways that are less harmful than through tobacco smoke. As a consequence, the cravings for nicotine are reduced, making it easier for the patient to break with the addiction. Clinical trials have shown that the use of NRT is associated with a 50-70% increased chance of maintaining abstinence from smoking compared to placebo. There are many NRT products, including nicotine chewing gum, nicotine patches, lozenges, dissolvable nicotine sticks, or inhalers. Bupropion is a selective dopamine–noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor. This drug is one of the most commonly used in the pharmacotherapy of depression in the United States. At the same time, it has been found to have a positive effect on people trying to break up with the habit of smoking cigarettes. The mechanism of action remains unknown in this case, but studies clearly indicate the efficacy of bupropion, which is comparable to the efficacy of NRT. Varenicline is a partial agonist selective for α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. It has a higher affinity for these receptors than nicotine. By stimulating them, it causes an increase in dopamine secretion (but to a lesser extent than cigarette smoking), helping in this way ease withdrawal symptoms.

Conclusions: Varenicline has higher efficacy than bupropion and NRTs. Simultaneous use of two NRT forms increases the effectiveness of this method to a level comparable to varenicline. Contrary to previous reports, it seems that varenicline does not increase self-aggressive behaviour and the risk of suicide. The effectiveness of antinicotinic drugs depends on the sex of the patient. For both sexes, the most effective drug is varenicline. It is slightly more effective in women than in men. By contrast, NRT and bupropion show greater therapeutic potential in men.

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