Jussi Mäkinen

University of Oulu, Uleoborg, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland

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    ABSTRACT: Negative symptoms are a major scientific and therapeutic challenge in schizophrenia. We report the occurrence and predicting factors of negative symptoms at two time points in a population-based birth cohort. The negative symptoms of subjects with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, third edition, revised (DSM-III-R) schizophrenia (n=46) were scrutinized at the first hospitalization due to psychosis from hospital records (first-episode psychosis) and with an interview approximately 10 years later (follow-up phase). Developmental and sociodemographic predictors of negative symptoms in first-episode psychosis, follow-up phase and at both measurements were analysed. Forty-one percent of the subjects had negative symptoms at the first episode, 39% in the follow-up phase, and in 24% the symptoms persisted at both measurements. Smoking at the age of 14, definite psychosocial stressor and not being married predicted more negative symptoms whereas good school performance and using less alcohol at age 14 predicted fewer persistent negative symptoms. These findings are new. However, we were not able to identify any major premorbid phenotype or endophenotype predicting negative symptoms which support the view that negative symptoms might mainly be a specific part of the illness.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2010 · Psychiatry Research
  • J Mäkinen · J Miettunen · M Isohanni · H Koponen
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    ABSTRACT: Negative symptoms refer to the weakening or lack of normal thoughts, emotions or behaviour in schizophrenia patients. Their prevalence in first-episode psychosis is high, 50-90%, and 20-40% of schizophrenia patients have persisting negative symptoms. Severe negative symptoms during the early stages of treatment predict poor prognosis. The aim of the study was to review the current literature on the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. In June 2007, the following databases were searched: Web of Science, PubMed, PsycINFO, Medline (Ovid) and Scopus. The search included articles written in English and no time limit was determined. The studies were manually screened by one of the authors according to the title and abstract. About one in three schizophrenia patients suffer from significant negative symptoms. In these patients, negative symptoms constitute a key element of overall symptoms, weakening their ability to cope with everyday activities, affecting their quality of life and their ability to manage without significant outside help. About one in three schizophrenia patients suffer from significant negative symptoms. Attention should be focused on negative symptoms during the early phase of treatment, because they cause significant impairment to patients' quality of life. So far, no treatment appears to substantially improve negative symptoms narrowly defined. However, according to clinical experience, when treating negative symptoms, the best effect is achieved by optimizing the dose of medication and by complementing it with psychosocial therapies.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2008 · Nordic journal of psychiatry

  • No preview · Article · Feb 2008 · Schizophrenia Research
  • Jussi Mäkinen · Jouko Miettunen · Matti Isohanni · Hannu Koponen

    No preview · Article · Feb 2007 · Duodecim; lääketieteellinen aikakauskirja