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Psychological assessment in patients with phobic postural vertigo.

TitlePsychological assessment in patients with phobic postural vertigo.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsFerreira LSouza Dos, Pereira CBorges, Rossini S, Kanashiro AMizuta Koz, Adda CCristina, Scaff M
JournalArq Neuropsiquiatr
Date Published2010 Apr
KeywordsAdaptation, Physiological, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Anxiety Disorders, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Mood Disorders, Phobic Disorders, Postural Balance, Vertigo, Young Adult

<p><b>UNLABELLED: </b>Phobic postural vertigo (PPV) is a frequent diagnosis which can be challenging to treat.</p><p><b>OBJECTIVE: </b>To investigate the presence of psychiatric disturbances in patients with PPV; to assess the psychological status of patients using adaptive diagnosis; to verify possible correlations between severity of psychiatric disturbance and adaptive efficacy.</p><p><b>METHOD: </b>A total of nineteen subjects were assessed and two instruments applied: the Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders Questionnaire (PRIME-MD) and the Adaptive Operationalized Diagnostic Scale (AODS), and results from both tests were compared.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Fourteen patients presented with mood disorder and thirteen with anxiety. All patients presented compromised adaptive efficacy. Correlation was found between overall outcome on the PRIME and the AODS (tau= -0.42, p=0.027), Separate analysis revealed correlation between results of the AODS and anxiety disorders (tau= -0.45, p=0.018) but not with mood disorders (tau= -0.36, p=0.054).</p><p><b>CONCLUSION: </b>Adaptive compromise was observed in individuals with PPV which was shown to be associated to psychiatric disorders.</p>

Alternate JournalArq Neuropsiquiatr
Citation KeyCK90
PubMed ID20464289