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A comparison study of body dysmorphic disorder versus social phobia

Abstract: Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) shares many characteristics with social phobia (SP), including high levels of social anxiety and avoidance, but to our knowledge no studies have directly compared these disorders’ demographic and clinical features. Demographic and clinical features were compared in individuals with BDD (n=172), SP (n=644), and comorbid BDD/SP (n=125). SP participants had a significantly earlier age of onset and lower educational attainment than BDD participants. BDD participants were significantly less likely to ever be married than SP participants, had a greater likelihood of ever being psychiatrically hospitalized, and had significantly lower mean GAF scores than SP participants. The two groups had different comorbidity patterns, which included a greater likelih…

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Review: Diagnosis, disease course, and management of patients with Kleine-Levin syndrome

Source: Lancet Neurology
Area: News
The Lancet Neurology has featured a review on the diagnosis, disease course, and management of patients with Kleine-Levin syndrome.
Kleine-Levin syndrome is a rare sleep disorder that mainly affects adolescents and is characterised by relapsing-remitting episodes of severe hypersomnia, cognitive impairment, apathy, derealisation, and psychiatric and behavioural disturbances. Boys are more frequently affected than girls.
In terms of pharmacological management, the review suggests that amantadine at least once at the beginning of an episode can be considered to see whether the episode will abate. If patients experience intense anxious symptoms during episodes, sublingual bromazepam can be considered, and if delusions or behavioural d…

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