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. 2015 Jun;15:93-6.
doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2015.05.004. Epub 2015 May 11.

A Synopsis of Original Research Projects Published in Scientific Database in the Russian Federation


A Synopsis of Original Research Projects Published in Scientific Database in the Russian Federation

Daria Smirnova et al. Asian J Psychiatr. .


The article describes the current state of scientific publications in the field of psychiatry in the Russian Federation. Issues of academic dissertations, lack of access to recent Russian language research in foreign databases, and recent reforms in the Ministry of Education and Science for overcoming these limitations are discussed in detail. Four exemplary dissertation studies published in Russian language are summarized. The first research examines the contribution of patient's verbal behavior to the reliable diagnosis of mild depression, identifying objective signs for distinguishing it from normal sadness; the mood component influenced the whole mental status and was represented in both structure and semantics of patients' speech. The second paper describes the course of panic disorder with agoraphobia, with the notable results that debut of panic disorder with full-blown panic attacks, often declines to a second accompanied with agoraphobia, which after several years gives way to limited symptom attacks and decreased agoraphobic avoidance. The third study describes the high prevalence of affective and anxiety disorders in patients with diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2, and the role of personality traits in adherence to treatment in patients with poor glucose control. The fourth project uses functional MRI for probing the features of neuronal resting-state networks in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy; the association with affective symptoms provides a model for investigating the pathophysiology of mood disorder.

Keywords: Academic dissertations; Comorbidity of mental and somatic disorders; Language diagnostic marker; Mild depression; Neurological approach; Panic disorder; Russian Science Citation Index; Russian Society of Psychiatrists; Temporal lobe epilepsy.

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