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Modern health worries in patients with affective disorders. A pilot study

Freyler, Anett and Simor, Péter and Szemerszky, Renáta and Szabolcs, Zsuzsanna and Köteles, Ferenc (2019) Modern health worries in patients with affective disorders. A pilot study. IDEGGYÓGYÁSZATI SZEMLE / CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE, 72 (9-10). pp. 337-341. ISSN 0019-1442

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Abstract

Background– Modern health worries (MHWs) are asso -ciated with various indicators of negative affect, conspiracy theories, and paranormal beliefs in healthy individuals. Purpose– The current pilot study aimed to assess MHWsand indicators of negative affect in patients with affectivedisorders (N = 66), as well as the possible associationsbetween MHWs and paranoid and schizophrenic tendencies. Results– Compared to somatic patients, psychiatricpatients showed higher levels of MHWs, somatosensoryamplification, health anxiety, and somatic symptoms.Medium level associations between MHWs and paranoid(r = 0.35, p < 0.01) and schizophrenic (r = 0.37, p < 0.01)tendencies were also revealed. Somatosensoryamplification (β= 0.452, p < 0.001) and paranoia (β=0.281, p < 0.01) significantly contributed to MHWs inmultiple linear regression analysis (R2= 0.323, p <0.001). Discussion– High (i.e. pathological) levels of negativeaffect can impact a number of related characteristics.Non-pathological paranoid tendencies might contributeto MHWs. The identification of paranoid tendenciesseems to be relevant for the treatment of psychiatricpatients exhibiting MHWs. Conclusion– Patients with affective disorders are charac-terized by higher levels of modern health worries, healthanxiety, and somatosensory amplification. Modern healthworries are associated with paranoid tendencies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan > BF20 Abnormal psychology / lelki betegségek
Depositing User: Renáta Szemerszky
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2020 08:57
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2020 08:57
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/115398

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