Joanna-Despoina Bergiannaki

Joanna-Despoina Bergiannaki
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | uoa · Division of Psychiatry I

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Objective: The relationship of insomnia with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) one month after wildfires and more specifically with the experience of ‘fear of imminent death’ were investigated. Methods: Ninety-two randomly chosen victims of wildfires in the Greek province of Ilia, were assessed through a specifically designed semi-structured ps...
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Although reports investigating the psychological reactions of refugees are available, similar reports on the reactions of caregivers working in contemporary refugee hotspots are not. Within this context, in March, 2016, the University Mental Health Research Institute and the 1st Psychiatry Department of the University of Athens (Athens, Greece) org...
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Although men and women are basically similar, their subsequent developing differences pertain in reproductive hormones, behavioral characteristics, defense mechanisms, social and work tasks. The onset of action of gonadal hormones in the fetal brain as well as the duration of this action differs between men and women. Therefore, hormones affect and...
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The chronicity and recurrent nature of manic and depressive episodes in bipolar disorder render it a major public health concern. Not surprisingly, the development of effective treatment interventions is a priority. The impact of family psychoeducation, as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy, has also received heightened attention. The present study ende...
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The quest for existential meaning constitutes a universal phenomenon traditionally manifested in official religions (religiosity) or personal modes of transcendence (spirituality). Religiosity and spirituality have been found to be associated with a variety of mental health and illness parameters. In the last decades there is an increasing number o...
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Objective: Clozapine is an atypical antpsychotic medication with established efficacy in patients diagnosed of resistant schizophrenia. However, clozapine has multiple side effects. Cardiac complications such as myocarditis and cardiomyopathy have always been related with treatment with clozapine. Methods: A 42 year old Caucasian male, with hist...
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The recent global economic recession has affected nursing working conditions in terms of salary reductions, increased workload and staff shortages. Poor nursing working conditions are associated with higher levels of burnout. However in Greece this association has not yet been studied. The aim of this study was to explore financial crisis related c...
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Religiosity and spirituality have been found to be associated with a variety of mental health and illness parameters. Material and method: 202 healthy students of the faculty of Theology of the University of Athens were interviewed using the Brief Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality, which assesses, among others, the dimensio...
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Religiosity and spirituality have been found to be associated with a variety of mental health and illness parameters. Material and method: 202 healthy students of the faculty of Theology of the University of Athens were interviewed using the Brief Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality, which assesses the dimensions of “daily sp...
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The quest for existential meaning is a universal phenomenon, which is traditionally expressed in official religions (religiosity) or personal transcendence (spirituality). Throughout the greatest part of the twentieth century, mental health professionals tended to disregard or even deny the religious experience, often considering it obsolete or eve...
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Terrorism constitutes a contemporary complex social and political phenomenon, due to both the mass, globalized dimensions it has assumed in recent years and the technological sophistication which makes possible maximization of the scale and power of terrorist acts. Fear, a fundamental element of any terrorist act, can become the object of psychiatr...
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Background: Only few studies accessed the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) one month after an earthquake. Our goal was to study the prevalence of PTSD according to ICD- 10 criteria one month following an earthquake, and to determine early appearance of psychopathological symptom dimensions for its development. Materials and metho...
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Background: Only few studies accessed the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) one month after an earthquake. Our goal was to study the prevalence of PTSD according to ICD- 10 criteria one month following an earthquake, and to determine early appearance of psychopathological symptom dimensions for its development. Materials and metho...
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During the last fortnight of August, 2007, wildfires devastated large areas of Greece and in particular the Peloponnese, where almost 1800000 hectares of forest and agricultural fields were burnt. It was a tragedy with no precedent. In the region of Ilia, where Ancient Olympia is situated, 762 homes, 30 official buildings, 12 churches, and 731 stab...
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To verify the official criteria of ICD-10 diagnosis of acute stress reaction (ASR) among earthquake victims. Data on psychosocial variables and the diagnosis of ASR were collected from 91 subjects. The diagnosis of ASR was made in 70% of the sample. However, the restrictive duration criterion (i.e. symptoms not exceeding the first 48 h) was fulfill...
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The aim of this study was to investigate alpha2-adrenoceptor sensitivity in depression, by using melatonin response to clonidine administration as an index of alpha2-adrenoceptor functioning. 35 depressed subjects and 41 healthy controls were assessed for overnight urinary melatonin pre- and post-administration of oral clonidine. Administration of...
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Besides the individual factors such as the reaction to conflicts, several exogenous factors environmental and social may exert a pathogenic influence on suicidal behavior, suicide attempts and complete suicide on predisposed individuals. In the turn of the century many reports accord for the seasonality of suicides, which seems to have a bimodal di...
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Effects of a major earthquake on phone calls to a psychiatric emergency help line A. Politis, M. Markidis, E .Lambousis, I. Bergiannaki and G.N. Christodoulou University of Athens, Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital,Vas.Sophias 72-74, Athens 11528, Greece E-mail: metb@med.uoa.gr Telephone crisis lines are increasingly providing a much nee...
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The overall high relapse rates observed in schizophrenia are attributed to several causes. One important factor influencing satisfactory prevention of relapse is the lack of consistent treatment strategies among medical doctors, especially neurologists-psychiatrists. Nearly one-third of the members of the Hellenic Society of Neurology and Psychiatr...
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Athens Emergency Psychiatric Help line: A report from the first year of service A. Politis, E. Lambousis, , M. Markidis, I. Bergiannaki and G.N. Christodoulou University of Athens, Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital,Vas.Sophias 72-74, Athens 11528, Greece E-mail: metb@med.uoa.gr Over the years the development of telephone counseling and l...
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Availability of mental tele-healthcare in Greece: Prospects for the use of new technologies in everyday practice M. Markidis, A. Politis, E. Lambousis, I. Bergiannaki and G.N. Christodoulou University of Athens, Department of Psychiatry, Eginition Hospital,Vas.Sophias 72-74, Athens 11528, Greece E-mail: metb@med.uoa.gr The Emergency Psychiatric Hel...
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Results are reported, based on 5 healthy subjects, concerning patterns in the dynamics of the sequential arrangement of spindles in human stage 2 sleep. Specifically, the conditional probability of incidence of successive spindle lengths and successive inter-spindle intervals is investigated. The results show that successive spindle lengths may be...
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The present study on overnight urinary melatonin was conducted on the most geographically dispersed population to date, over a 1 year period, also covering a broad age range (18-62 years). An inverse relationship between melatonin and age, as well as between melatonin and weight was observed for both genders. Females as a whole, had higher melatoni...
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1. Growth hormone (GH) secretion during sleep was studied in ten male patients with major depression according to DSM III and eight normal controls. 2. Samples were collected through a continuous blood withdrawal pump while sleep was recorded in the laboratory. 3. The results showed a marked decrease in the GH secretion mainly during the first thre...
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In order to investigate the influence of various environmental parameters on melatonin excretion, the night-time urinary melatonin excretion of 16 healthy volunteers was measured in samples collected monthly over a period of one year. No significant interindividual differences were detected in the monthly rate of change of melatonin excretion. A se...
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To meet the need of establishing firm normative data regarding the secretion/excretion of human melatonin, nighttime urinary melatonin of 16 healthy volunteers was measured in samples collected monthly over a period of 1 year. Low melatonin excretors (N = 8) were distinguished from high melatonin excretors (N = 8), based on a cut-off mean melatonin...
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This chapter reviews the influence of age, sex, height, weight, urine volume, and latitude on melatonin concentrations in urine from normal subjects. Because melatonin formation involves the stimulated metabolism of one monoamine by the transmitter actions of another in accordance with the coupling between an endogenous, free-running pacemaker and...
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1. An experimental antidepressant was studied through sleep laboratory recordings, psychoendocrinological tests and clinical measurements in terms of its efficacy, side effects and effects on sleep. 2. The design included a four-week drug administration period, preceeded and followed by a one week placebo period. 3. In the presence of antidepressan...
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Anorexia Nervosa is a psychophysiologic disorder of self-imposed starvation, which is accompanied by metabolic and endocrine alterations1,2. The underlying etiology of the disorder remains an enigma despite a large volume of clinical and laboratory data3. Further, some of the research findings concerning the anorectic state have been inconsistent4.
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Triazolam was administered to five psychiatric inpatients for a two-week period. This period was preceded by a one-week placebo baseline and followed by another week of placebo administration. All conditions were double blind. By the second week of active drug administration, psychopathology greatly intensified across all of the patients with the e...

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