Abstract: Objective: Memantine has been reported to have positive effects on visual hallucinations and cognition in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). We hypothesized that memantine would have similar effects on a patient having Charles Bonnet syndrome, preclinical DLB.Method: We evaluated the effect of memantine on visual hallucination, cognitive abilities and so on from baseline to 4 months after the start of medication.Results: Treatment of the patient with memantine resulted in the disappearance of visual hallucinations but could not stop the progression to dementia.Conclusions: Our results suggested that, for a patient having preclinical DLB, memantine had some degree of positive effects, but the mechanism remains to be revealed.

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Abstract: Background: The nine-item depression module from the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) is widely used as an open access screening instrument for depression in different health care and community settings; thus far, normative data from the general population are still scarce. The objectives of the study were to generate normative data and to further investigate the construct validity and factor structure of the PHQ-9 in the general population.Methods: Nationally representative face-to face household surveys were conducted in Germany between 2003 and 2008 (n=5018). The survey questionnaires included the PHQ-9, the Satisfaction with Life Scale, the 12-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-12) for the measurement of health-related quality of life and demographic characteristics.Results: Normative data for the PHQ-9 were generated for both genders (53.6% female) and different age levels [mean age (S.D.) of 48.9 (18.1) years].

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Abstract: Objective: The objective was to identify risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depressive symptoms after medical–surgical intensive care unit (ICU) admission.Method: This longitudinal investigation included 150 medical–surgical ICU patients. We assessed acute stress and post-ICU PTSD symptoms with the PTSD Checklist-Civilian Version and post-ICU depressive symptoms with the Patient Health Questionnaire-9. Mixed-model linear regression ascertained associations between patient and clinical characteristics and repeated measures of post-ICU PTSD and depressive symptoms.Results: The prevalences of substantial PTSD and depressive symptoms were 16% and 31% at 3 months post-ICU and 15% and 17% at 12 months post-ICU, respectively

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Abstract: Objective: To examine suicidal ideation in a sample of German primary care patients.Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study and included 1455 primary care patients who visited 1 of 41 general practitioners (GPs) working at 19 different sites. Suicidal ideation and psychopathology were assessed with the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) in an anonymous screening together with health care utilization.Results: One hundred seventy-one (11.8%) of 1455 patients endorsed the suicidal ideation item of the PHQ.

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