Klemens Ragger

Klemens Ragger
Medical University of Graz · Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie

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Substance use disorders (SUDs) are defined by obsessive and uncontrolled consumption, which is related to neurobiological changes. Based on previous work, this study investigated potential alterations in brain structure in poly-drug use disordered (PUD) patients in comparison to controls from the normal population. This study involved a sample of 1...
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Background Ambulance personnel, as well as other emergency services like fire-fighters or the police force, are regularly confronted with experiences of extreme psychological distress and potentially traumatizing events in the line of their daily duties. As a consequence, this occupational group is exposed to an elevated risk of developing symptoms...
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Objectives: Previous research work suggests a positive association between secure attachment and increased therapy adherence (TA) in different patient groups. However, there is still a strong need for research focusing on the influence of attachment on TA in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Hence, this study attempts to investigate the predi...
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Background: Affective neuroscience proposes that several levels of emotions – ranging from primary ones such as lust or fear up to higher emotions such as spirituality – interact on a neural level. The present study aimed to further explore this theory. Furthermore, we hypothesized that personality - which has previously been related to primary emo...
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Introduction: Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) after critical incidents in the line of duty have been observed as potentially co-occurring with Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) in ambulance personnel. For this study, we hypothesized that Sense of Coherence (SOC), as an underlying feature, might play an important role in enabling people to grow af...
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In the present study, we intended to examine the role of psychodynamic determinants in the genesis of substance use disorders (SUD), as this might be crucial for developing powerful strategies to prevent and treat SUD. Therefore, a neuro-psychodynamically informed model was developed. As a theoretical basis, traumatic experiences, primary emotions,...
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In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the importance of attachment and personality pathology in substance use disorders (SUD). In correspondence to this and in line with an evolutionary perspective, SUD can be seen as an expression of developmental deficits. More recently, parameters of attachment and personality have also been link...
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Introduction: Substance use disorders (SUD) have been linked to insecure attachment, personality pathology, as well as various neuronal impairments. However, most studies focus only on a small selection of neuronal parameters. In the current paper, we therefore intended to take a more inclusive approach by examining several important structural neu...
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Introduction: Previous research has linked insecure attachment styles and borderline personality organization to Substance Use Disorder (SUD). However, it still remains unclear whether those impairments apply to different kinds of SUDs to the same extent. Therefore, in this study, we sought to investigate potential differences regarding attachment...
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The relationship between substance use disorders (SUD) and brain deficits has been studied extensively. However, there is still a lack of research focusing on the structural neural connectivity in long-term polydrug use disorder (PUD). Since a deficiency in white matter integrity has been reported as being related to various parameters of increased...

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To investigate substance use disorders from an attachment perspective within the framework of psychodynamic psychology and theory of evolution. To learn more about the relationship between deficits in brain organization and attachment/personality pathology. To develop new attachment based and neuro-scientifically informed treatment concepts for substance use disorders.
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The impact of negative experiences on personality and personal growth among voluntary and full-time ambulance personnel