Starting from a systematic study of relevant theoretical and clinical papers in the field of psychoanalysis we on the one address the problem of figuration of traumatic experience, exploring links with Freud's theories of binding and representation and contemporary studies of attachement, mentalization, and symbolization. On the other hand we examine psychic figuration and representation in psychic mental processes.
Improving quality of life in patients with psychotic disorder: a novel technologically enhanced, psychotherapeutic intervention KU Leuven
This study examines the efficacy of a newly developed mobile Health approach called ACT in daily life’ for the treatment of people with a psychotic disorder. ACT in daily life’ amplifies Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with real-time and real-world exercises using a specifically developed app. This study is a proof-of-principle study comparing ACT in daily life’ to treatment as usual in a sample of 100 patients diagnosed with a psychotic ...
Unravelling the pathophysiology of psychotic depression: the search for new biomarkers in the post mortem brain. University of Antwerp
Psychotic depression in older adults (60+) as prodrome/risk factor for cognitive deterioration/dementia. University of Antwerp
Unravelling the pathophysiology of psychotic depression: the search for peripheral and endophenotypical biomarkers. University of Antwerp
Improving treatment strategies for different depressive disorders by discovery of novel drug target candidates and discriminatory diagnostic biomarkers. University of Antwerp
Identification of susceptibility genes for psychiatric disorders through a functional genomic approach. University of Antwerp
Genetic and neurobiological mechanisms linking childhood trauma to risk for psychiatric disorders. KU Leuven
Severe traumatic experiences in childhood are strongly linked to a number of psychiatric disorders. These experiences may include emotional or physical neglect, as well as emotional, physical or sexual abuse. One very important issue is that not every exposed individual develops a psychiatric disorder, indicating that there are differences in the degree to which different people are vulnerable. It is likely that at least part of this ...
To date, depression is the worldwide leading cause for disability and a considerable contributor to the global disease burden. In recent years, another disorder that shares certain traits with depression has been on the rise, namely burnout. Although the prevalence and disease burden of burnout is not nearly as great as that of depression, it has been escalating in the last decade. As a result, burnout has been receiving a lot of attention in ...