Psychological assessment in patients with phobic postural vertigo. Journal Article
Arq Neuropsiquiatr, 68 , pp. 224-7, 2010, ISSN: 1678-4227.
UNLABELLED: Phobic postural vertigo (PPV) is a frequent diagnosis which can be challenging to treat.
OBJECTIVE: 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.
METHOD: 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.
RESULTS: 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