Ansgar Rougemont-Bücking

Ansgar Rougemont-Bücking
Université de Fribourg · Laboratory for Psychiatric Neuroscience and Psychotherapy; Faculty of Science and Medicine

Doctor of Medicine

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Introduction
Ansgar Rougemont-Bücking (MD) is a board approved psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He currently works at the Laboratory for Psychiatric Neuroscience and Psychotherapy (Pr. Marco Merlo), Université de Fribourg. He is interested in research in the field of addiction medicine, psychotraumatology, and psychotherapy. At the moment he runs a research project aiming to measure neurophysiological reactivity in patients suffering from professional stress and to assess effects of an ACT-MBCT group intervention on this reactivity. In addition to his position at the University of Fribourg he works as a senior resident at the Fribourg Network for Mental Health (http://www.fr.ch/rfsm/fr/pub/index.cfm), as well as in private practice in Vevey (www.dr-rougemont-buecking.eu).
Additional affiliations
December 2017 - May 2020
Université de Fribourg
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  • Research and Teaching Assistant
January 2016 - November 2017
Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois - CHUV
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  • attending
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  • www.c-surf.ch
June 2012 - December 2015
Lausanne University Hospital
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  • attending

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Publications (39)
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Seit ein paar Jahren finden Psychotherapieverfahren, bei denen punktuell Psychedelika zum Einsatz kommen, grosses Interesse in Forschung und klinischer Anwendung. Psychedelika sind Substanzen, welche einen tiefen veränderten Wachbewusstseinszustand hervorrufen. Gerade auch für die Behandlung von Traumafolgestörungen und Suchterkrankungen scheinen d...
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Objective Although there is evidence that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms are positively related to alcohol use and related problems among young adults, little research has examined the mechanisms that might explain this association. In response, this study examined the mediating effects of coping and enhancement drinking m...
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Differences in mental health (MH) of users of distinct psychoactive substances have been shown. Both substance use (SU) and MH in users are influenced by stressful life events. This study compared MH parameters in distinct groups of substance users and evaluated the impact of stress factors on these outcomes. Data stem from the longitudinal Swiss C...
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Objective: Although several studies have investigated longitudinal associations between social norms and alcohol use behaviors, less is known about associations between social norms and use of other substances, such as cigarettes and cannabis. The present study aimed to examine the temporal ordering of descriptive norms and cigarette and cannabis...
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Background: Non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) is an increasing phenomenon associated with physical and psychological consequences. This study investigated the effects of distinct forms of stress on NMUPD. Methods: Data from 5308 young adult men from the Swiss cohort study on substance use risk factors (C-SURF) were analysed regarding NM...
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Background: Recent theories suggest that behavioural addictions and substance use disorders may be the result of the same underlying vulnerability. The present study investigates profiles of family background, personality and mental health factors and their associations with seven behavioural addictions (to the internet, gaming, smartphones, inter...
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Background: Research has identified several correlates of suicidal behaviors including depressive symptoms, alcohol use and coping drinking motives. However, their associations and their role as possible causal mechanisms in the prediction of suicide attempt are not well understood. This study examined, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, t...
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Dieses Kapitel richtet sich in erster Linie an den psychotherapeutisch aktiven Leser, da es gängige neurobiologische Lernprozesse darstellt, die im Zusammenhang mit dem Gebrauch von psychoaktiven Substanzen wichtig sind. Anhand von Phänomenen wie z. B. dem assoziativen Lernen, dem sogenannten prediction error oder auch dem free- choice paradigm sol...
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Intense stress increases substance use (SU). However, little is known about the extent to which distinctive forms of stress should be weighted with regard to their effects on SU. This study aimed to determine whether family-related stress factors (FSF) influenced SU in a different way than external stress factors (ESF). Data was drawn from a Swiss...
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Introduction: There are few recent longitudinal studies on smokeless tobacco products (SLT) and smoking outside the United States or European Nordic countries. The present longitudinal study tests whether Swedish type snus and nasal snuff use decreases smoking incidence and prevalence in a central European country. Methods: The sample consisted...
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Tramadol is widely prescribed for treating acute and chronic forms of pain. It is a weak mu-receptor opioid agonist and also increases concentrations of serotonin and noradrenaline within the limbic system of the brain. The therapeutic range of tramadol is relatively wide. Compared with other opioid agonists, there is little risk for developing tol...
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The purpose of the present study is to contribute to the understanding of empathy in people with addictive disorders. Previous studies have shown decreased empathy in people suffering from addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamine and in people consuming combinations of addictive substances. Here, we compare empathy in a sample of methadon...
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Dieses Kapitel richtet sich in erster Linie an den psychotherapeutisch aktiven Leser, da es gängige neurobiologische Lernprozesse darstellt, die im Zusammenhang mit dem Gebrauch von psychoaktiven Substanzen wichtig sind. Anhand von Phänomenen wie z. B. dem assoziativen Lernen, dem sogenannten prediction error oder auch dem free- choice paradigm sol...
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Addictive disorders can be conceptualized as bonding disorders. People suffering from these conditions partially lose their capacity to be in contact with themselves and others and, generally speaking, to be within the world. The psychoactive drug, along with the compulsive-addictive b ehavior, acts as a substitute for the missing bonding. Conseque...
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This article summarizes current concepts of the working memory with regard to its role within emotional coping strategies. In particular, it focuses on the fact that the limited capacity of the working memory to process now-relevant information can be turned into an advantage, when the individual is occupied by dealing with unpleasant emotion. Base...
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Trauma and memory – when pain infiltrates body and mind. A glance at severe drug addiction. This article describes the long-lasting psychological after-effects of a traumatic experience. There is growing knowledge of the biomedical underpinnings of these phenomena: the underlying mechanisms belong to an implicit learning process whereby the victim...
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This article describes the long-lasting psychological after-effects of a traumatic experience. There is growing knowledge of the biomedical underpinnings of these phenomena: the underlying mechanisms belong to an implicit learning process whereby the victim remains under the influence of painful past experiences. One of these mechanisms concerns th...
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Als Hashimoto-Enzephalopathie wird eine steroid-sensitive, schubförmig oder stetig progrediente Enzephalopathie bezeichnet, welche mit einer Hashimoto-Thyreoiditis assoziiert ist. Charakteristische klinische Befunde sind Verwirrtheit, epileptische Anfälle, Vigilanzminderung, schlaganfallähnliche Episoden, Myoklonien und Tremor. Die Liquordiagnostik...
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The amygdala, hippocampus, medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and brain-stem subregions are implicated in fear conditioning and extinction, and are brain regions known to be sexually dimorphic. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate sex differences in brain activity in these regions during fear conditioning and extinction....
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The co-occurrence of PTSD and of substance use disorder (SD) is known to be very high. However the question of whether and how to treat such patients remains largely unanswered in the EMDR community. We report on two cases of EMDR-based treatment of heavily affected SD patients in whom psychotraumatic antecedents were identified. EMDR sessions focu...
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Medial prefrontal cortical areas have been hypothesized to underlie altered contextual processing in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We investigated brain signaling of contextual information in this disorder. Eighteen PTSD subjects and 16 healthy trauma-exposed subjects underwent a two-day fear conditioning and extinction paradigm. On day 1,...
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Human imaging studies examining fear conditioning have mainly focused on the neural responses to conditioned cues. In contrast, the neural basis of the unconditioned response and the mechanisms by which fear modulates inter-regional functional coupling have received limited attention. We examined the neural responses to an unconditioned stimulus us...
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The news in addiction medicine for 2010 include somatic, neuroscientific as well as psychotherapeutic aspects. First are considered the risks of cardiac arythmy with methadone as long as the racemate form is prescribed in Switzerland. Then the neurosciences bring their usual novelties in the field of the addictions, this year in relational neurosci...
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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a therapeutic style well established in the field of treatment of substance disorders. It is defined as “a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving client ambivalence” (Miller, W.R., Rollnick, S., 2002. Motivational interviewing: preparing people for...
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Background: Comorbidity between social anxiety disorder (SAD) and substance use disorder (SUD) is elevated but little is known about the role of avoidance with regard to the aetiology and maintenance of these disorders.Aims: The objective of the study was to compare patients with SAD and comorbid SUD with patients suffering from SAD only with regar...
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The aims of the present study were to: (1) assess agreement for diagnoses of specific anxiety disorders between direct interviews and the family history method; (2) compare prevalence estimates according to direct interviews and family history information; (3) test strategies to approximate prevalence estimates according to family history reports t...
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This article resumes the psychobiologic mechanisms involved in risk-seeking behaviour. The question is discussed whether some forms of high risk sports meet the diagnostic criteria of dependency. The intensive activation of the adrenocorticotropic pathway may yield to addiction: according to the model of emotion-focussed coping of stress, unpleasan...
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This year reviews on the addictions emphasizes five aspects, on a bio-psycho-social perspective: (1) The relationship between methadone and cardiotoxicity. (2) The introduction of Eye Movement Desensibilization and Reprocessing (EMDR). (3) The apparition of a possible specific pharmacotherapy for excessive gambling. (4) A better knowledge of the re...
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Excessive sweating is a well-known side effect of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor treatment, but little is known about the impact of sweating on treatment discontinuation or the general quality of life of patients. In this case report, we present a patient suffering from excessive sweating induced by escitalopram. When mirtazapine was admi...
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Serotonin has been shown to play a significant role in diseases related to vascular dysregulation like Raynaud's phenomenon (Hollenberg, 1988), erythromelalgia (Rudikoff and Jaffe, 1997), migraine (Bonvento et al., 1991) and perimenopausal hot flushes (Berendsen, 2000). In recent years there have been several reports on the efficacy of the selectiv...
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X-Linked recessive bulbospinal neuronopathy (X-BSNP) has previously been described as a disease in which the first clinical symptoms which occur concern the motor system. A weakness of the shoulder and pelvic girdle muscles as well as cramps and muscle pain in the proximal limbs are normally found in the early stages.1-3 The onset of X-BSNP general...
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Hashimoto's encephalopathy is a steroid-responsive, relapsing or progressive encephalopathy associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Characteristic clinical features are confusion, seizures, alteration in conscious level, stroke-like episodes, myoclonus, and tremulousness. High CSF protein levels without pleocytosis and a diffusely abnormal EEG are...

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Participants of a group therapy program aiming to improve coping with professional stress will be invited to participate in this study. After assessment of general psychopathology, participants will undergo 3 EEG, NIRS (near infrared spectroscopy) and electrophysiology recording sessions. Reactivity towards emotional pictures (International Affective Picture System) as well as script driven imagery in relation to a neutral, a relaxing and an individual stressful audio-script will be recorded. In addition, cortisol saliva swabs will be collected before and after these exposures. The data from 40 individuals suffering from work-related stress will be compared to the data from 50 controls. BASEC: 2019-00446
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http://finder-research.com/handbuch-psychoaktive-substanzen/ The handbook papers are continuously published ONLINE FIRST in the SPRINGER Reference system: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-55214-4 We started to work on the 2nd edition of the Handbook and also put a process in place by which we will create an English version of the Handbook. The Handbook of Psychoactive Substances integrates the current knowledge base of the evolving field of drug science that views psychoactive substances from an interdisciplinary perspective. Opportunities and risks are balanced alongside objective facts in order to add to current debates. The Handbook is an important reference document, with relevance to many disciplines and professions; from medical doctors, psychologists, addiction therapists, pharmacologists and neuroscientists to criminologists, police officers, lawyers and attorneys. It will also be of interest to those involved in the socio-cultural and historical aspects of drug use and misuse, including teachers, journalists and politicians. In a helpful structured form the handbook offers user-friendly and trustworthy information concerning classes of psychoactive substances. Chapters explore psychoactive drugs as therapeutic tools, their benefits for medicine and research and the problems associated with their harmful use. Current developments, including the recent appearance of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and the associated political and cultural changes in recent years are also explored in the book.