Mary Stroka

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Sleep-Wake Disorders

Patients with COVID-19 have experienced increased sleep disturbances, and individuals who have been more affected by the pandemic had increased nightmares, prior studies have shown. This is the first study of the oneiric activity of people with COVID-19 and the first comparing their oneiric activity with those of individuals who have not had COVID-19.

General Psychiatry

Working remotely carries certain challenges, including the expression of emotions. Many workers use emojis to express emotion or adhere to social norms in their conversations with colleagues via asynchronous communication. In a study, variations in the use of emojis forecasted whether software developers working remotely dropped out from the online work platform GitHub.

Schizophrenia Spectrum and Psychotic Disorders

While extreme phenotype sequencing has brought about the identification of high-impact rare genetic variants for many complex disorders, this has yet to be tested in studies of severe schizophrenia. A total of 112 individuals with severe, extremely treatment resistant schizophrenia were sequenced and the burden of rare, damaging missense and loss-of-function variants between severe, extremely treatment-resistant schizophrenia, typical schizophrenia, and controls across mutation intolerant genes were compared.

Bipolar and Related Disorders

Clinical trials have not yet put a focus on early intervention for psychosocial impairment nor have clinical trials examined the contribution of components of borderline personality disorder treatment except for individual psychotherapy. Researchers in this study looked at which combination of treatment components is adequate for an early intervention for young people with borderline personality disorder.