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Clinical neuroscience and mental health: filling the gap


Recent developments in neuroscience can help inform clinicians› understanding of cognition, emotion, behavior, and social interactions—all critical aspects of people›s lives that are dramatically a!ected in psychiatric disorders. Psychiatry is informed by a broad range of basic biological and social sciences and has at its disposal many tools, like brain imaging, genetics, neuropsychopharmacology, neurophysiology, epidemiological models, and neuropsychology, for developing new assessment and treatment approaches, grounded in understanding […]

Is impulsivity in part a lithium deficiency state?

Lithium mechanisms of action are related to the function of many enzymes, hormones, vitamins, and growth factors. In humans, lithium treatment has been associated with humoral and structural evidence of neuroprotection, such as increased expression of antiapoptotic genes, inhibition of cellular oxidative stress, synthesis of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, cortical thickening, increased grey matter density, and hippocampal enlargement. Lithium, in pharmacological doses, has been used successfully in treating bipolar […]

Is there a connection between lithium induced hypothyroidism and lithium efficacy in bipolar disorder?


Hypothyroidism, more commonly subclinical, appears a common abnormality, while the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis abnormalities are quite common among patients with bipolar disorder. On the other hand, lithium has been used successfully in treating bipolar disorders, but lithium influence on the thyroid gland is one of the key side effects in the long-term therapy. Lithium administration leads to a decrease of production and release of thyroid hormones, which results […]

A combination of viewing reaction time and incidental learning task in child molesters, rapists, and control males and females


The present study was designed to explore the interference effects of sexual interest on viewing reaction time and cognitive functioning, in a group of sexual offenders.

In order to test this hypothesis, 31 rapists, 27 child molesters, 53 control males and 24 control females, were given with a PC a viewing reaction time task while being distracted with photos of semi-nude males and females of various ages and other […]

A Negative Association Between Lithium in Drinking Water and the Incidences of Homicides, in Greece


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the association between lithium levels in the public water supply and incidences of homicide in Greece. A total of 149 samples of drinking water were collected from 34 out of 52 prefectures, and data for homicides were taken from National Statistic Service of Greece (Hellenic Statistical Authority – EL.STAT). The average lithium level was 11.10 μg/l (SD=21.16). The results […]

Lithium in the Public Water Supply and Suicide Mortality in Greece


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the association between lithium levels in the public water supply and prefecture-based suicide rates in Greece. Analyses were conducted with respect to lithium levels in 149 samples from 34 prefectures of Greece. The average lithium level was 11.10 μg/l (range 0.1 to 121 μg/l). The results indicate that there is a tendency for lower suicide rates in the […]

Suicide in Greece: 2001–2011

Since 2008 several European countries have fallen into a financial crisis. This crisis has mainly affected the Greek population. The lower of income and the increase of unemployment as consequences of crisis lead to negative effects on people’s mental health. Usually, in periods of economic crisis there is an increase of suicidality of population. The aim of this study is to examine the changes of suicide rates in Greece […]

Βιολογικά δεδομένα της βίαιης συμπεριφοράς: Σύγχρονοι προβληματισμοί στους τομείς ψυχιατρικής και εγκληματολογίας

Η παρορμητική – επιθετική συμπεριφορά παρουσιάζει ενδιαφέρον όσον αφορά στον τρόπο μεταχείρισης των ατόμων με ψυχοπαθητική και παραβατική προσωπικότητα, δεδομένου ότι ευθύνεται – σε ένα σημαντικό ποσοστό – για την νοσηρότητα αλλά και την θνησιμότητα, στοιχεία τα οποία συνδέονται με την βία, την επιθετικότητα, την κακοποίηση, την φθορά της περιουσίας, την αυτοκαταστροφική συμπεριφορά και την αυτοκτονία. 


  • Τσιλιάκου Μαρία, Νομικός, Διδ. Εγκληματολογίας Παντείου Παν/μιου
  • Δρ. Γιωτάκος Ορέστης, Ψυχίατρος
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«Αυτοκτονίες και υπηρεσίες υγείας»

Έρευνες έδειξαν ότι η καλή πρόσβαση σε υπηρεσίες ψυχικής υγείας αυξάνει τη δυνατότητα για έγκαιρη διάγνωση και θεραπεία των ψυχικών διαταραχών, καθώς και για μείωση του αριθμού των αυτοκτονιών. Σκοπός της παρούσας έρευνας ήταν η διερεύνηση της συσχέτισης ανάμεσα στους δείκτες αυτοκτονίας (αυτοκτονίες ανά 100.000 κατοίκους) και τον αριθμό των ειδικών ψυχικής υγείας, των δημόσιων δομών ψυχικής υγείας, καθώς και των ειδικών παροχής πρωτοβάθμιας υγείας στην Ελλάδα, για τη […]