Comments on Lucire and Crotty, 2011
Anton JM Loonen,1 Robbert-Jan Verkes2
1Pharmacotherapy of Psychiatric Patients, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands; 2Forensic Psychiatry, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
In a recent article, Yolande Lucire and Christopher Crotty presented their findings in an ongoing naturalistic study concerning a possible relationship between variant alleles in three CYP450 genes and a variety of behavioral problems.1 Unfortunately, the tested population of 129 persons was very heterogeneous and poorly characterized from a phenomenological perspective. In the results section of their article, the authors use the term “akathisia” to describe the adversity, but without defining this phenomenon. They also use this term in the title of their paper. Since they state that the majority of the persons who experienced adverse clinical events had akathisia, which is not expected considering their clinical characteristics, it is possible that the term has been used to describe other types of problems rather than this well-defined extrapyramidal motor disorder.2,3
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