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Cognitive Disturbances

Difficulty in concentrating, negative thoughts, low self-esteem and self-confidence, hopelessness, self-depreciation and self-reproach, a sense of worthlessness and sinfulness, negative outlook on the world and suicidal thoughts are some of the most common cognitive features accompanying the depressed person's state of feeling. If these thoughts are many, persistent and not amenable to change by reason, they are regarded as delusions and qualify for the diagnosis of mood-congruent (delusional-psychotic) depression. When thoughts are discordant with the depressed mood, and delusions of persecution, thought insertion, thought broadcasting and other similar delusions predominate, then mood-incongruent (delusional-psychotic) depression is diagnosed. Whether these cognitive disturbances

Differentiating Pathological Worry from GAD

Ruscio's (2002) findings underscore the need for future studies to distinguish GAD from pathological worry. Specifically, they suggest that examining differences between worry in normal participants and participants with GAD may not actually provide information about the differences between nonpathological and pathological worry. In a recent comparison of people with high worry who either did or did not have GAD, Ruscio and Borkovec (2004) found that negative beliefs about worry (e.g., worry is harmful) were specific to participants with GAD. In line with Roemer and colleagues' (1997) position that worry may function as a strategy for avoidance of more emotional topics among persons with GAD, Holaway, Hambrick and Heimberg (2003) found that people with GAD reported experiencing their emotions as more intense and more confusing than people without GAD who experienced high levels of worry. Such results, although preliminary, suggest that pathological worry within the context of GAD may...

Where do many of these beliefs come from the role of the media

Can work to belittle or harm people with skin disease and how negative ideas are spread and transmitted. In this section we will cover the ways in which the media transmit messages concerning physical beauty, perfection and disfigurement, and will offer suggestions and practical advice as to how the influence of these aspects can be reduced or altered.

The Dynamical Hypothesis

Our perspective on memory and emotion makes use of a way of thinking about persons known as social constructionism. It is useful at the outset to distinguish between constructivism and eonstrucft'omj K, though it should be noted that not all accounts observe this neat distinction of terminology. The main idea of constructivism (Piaget, 1990) is not dissimilar to that of TIP understanding is created through the construction of a variety of mental schemata and procedures for analysts and synthesis of schemata. This is the main assumption behind cognitive psychology, and it is safe to say this is closely related to the prime, if unexpressed, assumptions of most traditional Ai research, Papert (1991), who was a student of Piaget, used constructionism to mean the idea that constructing artifacts is a good way to learn, but this is not the meaning used in this chapter. A new field is forming in computer science, named affective computing and defined as computing that relates to, arises...

Response to Treatment

The tendency for blood-injury phobics to faint at the sight of blood affects how certain treatment should be done sufferers should lie down when they first expose themselves to the sight of blood until their tendency to faint habituates and disappears. Knowing the usual features of each phobia syndrome helps therapists to guide patients to tailor exposure therapy to their own needs, and the same might apply to cognitive therapy. This issue, however, is not an example of response to treatment guiding classification.

Alcoholics Anonymous Women for Sobriety and 12step facilitation therapy

Women for Sobriety (WFS) is a rapidly expanding worldwide organization of women for women. The purpose is to help women recover from all aspects of addiction (physiological, mental, and emotional) through the discovery of self, gained by sharing experiences, hopes, and encouragement with other women in similar circumstances. The WFS New Life program starts by accepting alcoholism as a disease, getting rid of negative thoughts (guilt, shame), creating and practicing a new, positive view of self, using new attitudes to enforce new behavior patterns, and making efforts to improve relationships and identify life's priorities.

Traits And State Constructs

Trait worry represents an outgrowth of the more broadly-defined construct of trait anxiety, which is seen as a facet of the personality superfactor of neuroticism (Matthews et al., 2003). Thus, at least in part, trait worry is an aspect of these broader traits. Laboratory studies (Eysenck, 1992) and clinical investigations (e.g., Beck & Clark, 1997) indicate that anxiety traits may be conceptualized in primarily cognitive terms. Matthews (2004 Matthews et al., 2000) relates N and trait anxiety to multiple cognitive biases, including negative self-evaluations, elevated threat monitoring, attentional narrowing, predicting threat likelihood, and coping through emotion-focus and rumination on threat. Anxiety traits are given a functional unity by the adaptive goals linked to the trait (Matthews & Zeidner, 2004), i.e., elevated concerns about personal security, especially in regard to threats to self-esteem and social status. We may expect that individuals high in trait worry will...

Obtaining the History of Affective and Mood Changes

Results of research with normal infants suggest that hemispheric specialization for the perception and expression of positive and negative emotions is already present within the first year of life. As with adults, a polarity theory has developed in which the left hemisphere has a positive emotional valence and the right hemisphere possesses a negative valence.96 Few studies of behavioral functioning following childhood closed-head injuries have been available until the late 1990s. Max and his colleagues have made a special study of behavioral function following closed-head injury in youngsters. They found that the onset of a novel psychiatric disorder, defined as one never before present in the child, occurred in almost half of children following traumatic brain injury. These diagnoses included organic personality syndrome, major depression, attention deficit disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. A large percentage of these children were found to be depressed.9798 Table 3.15...

Dynamics Minds as Processes

Many in the early Al community thought they were simply developing a new branch of engineering others felt that their work was shedding light on general principles that underlie intelligence. In the following decade, interest in AI gathered momentum in parallel with the growth of information-processing psychology. In 1967. the psychologist Ulric Neisser published Cognitive Psychology, a book that brought the static images of cognition that Broadbent and others were using together with ideas emerging from work in AI. Neisser believed that computer algorithms might be the key to understanding how static cognitive models could be enhanced to explain the dynamic processes that generate behaviour. static and dynamic properties. Until his death in 1992, he worked on a series of simple, elegant, and increasingly ambitious systems for modelling mental processes. Through PSG (Newell, 1973) to the OPS series of systems (Forgy & McDermott, 1977) to the SOAR cognitive modelling system that...

Encoding and Appraisal

Another feature of selective attentional bias is that it may have causal effects on the etiology of anxiety and worry. MacLeod and Rutherford (2004) review several studies suggesting that inducing attentional and interpretative biases elevates vulnerability to anxiety. For example, subjects within the normal range of trait anxiety may be trained to complete ambiguous sentences consistent with either a threatening or non-threatening interpretation of the sentence. Subjects trained to interpret ambiguous material as threatening also experienced higher levels of state anxiety. Other studies (MacLeod & Rutherford, 2004) have induced biases in selective attention by consistently presenting attentional probe stimuli in close proximity to threatening words. Subjects trained in this way showed a more intense anxiety response to performing a subsequent, stressful task than subjects in whom an attentional bias away from threat was induced. A limitation of these studies is that they did not...

Modifying appearance and behaviour to hide lesions

People with skin conditions may draw attention to themselves, not because of the skin disease itself, but rather because of the way they cope with and react to it. They may begin to avoid eye contact when in social situations, wear their hair so that it covers affected parts of their face, or choose to wear clothes that conceal the condition but may be inappropriate for the weather. Their reactions may give rise to what psychologists call a selffulfiling prophecy. This means that the person expects that others willreact unfavourably and so seeks to hide the problem. This attempted solution may give rise to a new problem that people notice the hiding behaviour. These expectations (of unfavourable reactions), although justified in some cases, are often the product of negative beliefs that patients hold about their condition.

Recent Evidence From Studies of the DSSQ

Laboratory, using the Dundee Stress State Questionnaire (DSSQ Matthews et al., 2002), is exploring how dispositional worry constructs generate state worry. Matthews, Hillyard and Campbell (1999), in a study of test anxiety in students, showed that, at the trait level, there were two distinct cognitive factors that correlated with dispositional evaluation-worry. One factor represented a general dimension of heightened metacognition, defined by perceived uncontrollability of thoughts, positive and negative beliefs about thoughts, and meta-worry. A second factor of adaptive coping was defined most strongly by higher use of task-focused coping and reduced use of avoidance. Interestingly, emotion-focused coping, in the sense of self-criticism and wishful thinking, loaded primarily on metacognition, but also negatively on adaptive coping. A regression analysis showed that both factors independently contributed to the prediction of dispositional worry. Data were also collected on state worry...

Latest Developments in Psychotherapy for Depression

This brief review of recent studies of IPT most likely can be surpassed in number by ongoing studies of cognitive therapy which is more widely known. Despite the practice trends in the United States, studies to determine the efficacy and effectiveness of psychotherapy for depression are continuing. Rush and Thase's scholarly review of evidence-based psychotherapy for depression will be an important guide and stimulus to similar investigations worldwide.

How Effective are Psychotherapies for Schizophrenia

It appears that patients suffering from schizophrenia, despite all the serious psychopathologic background and the variety of impairments in information processing, are capable of actively participating in therapy, and successfully respond to the various therapeutic stimuli. However, this positive agreement on the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural therapy, social skills training and individual or family psychoeducation, as shown is several studies, raises several questions. Among several good prognostic features of illness are prominent affective symptoms 3 . In Birchwood and Spencer's review of literature, the majority of the randomized trials of cognitive therapy and family interventions also included patients with schizoaffective disorder 3 . Additionally, one study included only first-episode patients, a second only patients with stable or low levels of symptoms, and another married, non-chronic patients. Only three studies out of a total of 32 focused on patients with...

What causes stress in diabetes

We all have a unique way ofresponding and your particular pattern of response to stress will depend on a number of things. Your upbringing, your self-esteem, your beliefs about yourself and the world, the way in which you guide yourself in your thoughts and actions - all of these things help to determine your stress response. The degree to which you feel in control ofyour life also plays an important role in this response, as does the way you feel, both physically and emotionally, and the way you get along with other people.

The Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Schizophrenia

It is not surprising that when an empirical technique tries to construct a theoretical framework, it rediscovers existing paradigms discarded along with the global theories they were associated with. An example is provided by the defensive role of delusions, which has always been maintained by psychoanalysis and is now attributed to all of the main streams of cognitive therapy. The prognostic importance attributed to insight also re-emerges in a number of studies, as a resurrection of this psychological function. is a consistent percentage of patients who get better despite the lack or reduction of treatment. The identification of specific rather than non-specific therapeutic factors remains an open question also in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), as correctly pointed out by Birchwood and Spencer.

Individual And Group Psychological Therapies

Many different individual or group psychosocial interventions have been used with depressed children, including cognitive therapy, psychotherapy, art therapy, and drama therapy (see 34 for a review). Depression is a problem with such pervasive features that one can find abnormalities in almost any domain (e.g. cognitive, interpersonal, psychodynamic) to justify virtually any intervention. This review therefore uses several inclusion criteria 35 to select from the huge array of interventions. The first is whether there is a theory about the mechanisms of disorder and about how treatment reduces dysfunction. The second is whether there has been basic research on these mechanisms independent of treatment outcome studies. The third criterion is whether the treatment has been, or is being, evaluated in randomized controlled trials.

Individual and Group Cognitivebehavioural Therapies

According to cognitive theory, depression is not simply triggered by adversity but rather by the perception and processing of adverse events. Research has shown that depressed children often have low self-esteem and a variety of cognitive distortions such as selectively attending to negative features of an event 25,36, 37 . In addition, depressed children are more likely than the non-depressed to develop negative attributions 38 . For example, Curry and Craighead 39 found that adolescents with greater depression attributed the cause of positive events to unstable external causes. Depressed children also have low perceived academic and social competence 40 . Although many studies have documented the association between childhood depression and various cognitive distortions, there are many unresolved questions. In particular, it is unclear whether these negative Cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT) programmes were developed to address the cognitive distortions and deficits identified...

Three Layer Agent Architectures in Psychology and AI

Within cognitive psychology and AI, there have been two approaches to large-scale theories of cognition, which can be characterised as unified and modular. A unified model is one in which a single mechanism is responsible for the majority of processes involved in cognition, for example, the unified cognitive models of Newell (1990) and Anderson and Lebiere (1998), and pipelined architectures (Nilsson, 1984). A modular model is one in which cognition is emergent over multiple processes operating in parallel, each contributing to the overall capabilities of the agent (for example, Minsky, 1986 Brooks, 1991). Over recent years, modular theories within AI have emerged as strong challengers to earlier unified theories. Cognitive psychology has not produced so many large-scale theories, but a similar debate has gone on between the two approaches (for example, Cooper & Shallice, 1995). This section introduces and compares two cognitive architecture theories originating from within...

Discussion and Conclusion

As an interdisciplinary field, cognitive science brings the rather different perspectives of cognitive psychology and AI to bear on the shared problem of understanding intelligent systems. The assumption driving cognitive science is that cach field can provide insights to illuminate issues within the other. This chapter has highlighted some areas where cross-disciplinary insights may be drawn around a particular cognitive framework. It is, of course, important to guard against the dangers of finding parallels where none exist, or of overgeneralising theories to make them fit to the extent that much that is important is lost. Overall, however, it is encouraging that such parallels can be drawn between the programmes of cognitive psychology and AI, A dialogue between AI and neuroscience on the problem of the control and integration of behaviour should benefit both fields. Approaches from AI and robotics may shed light on the structure of obscure higher processes in psychology. In turn,...

Neuropsychological Characteristics

In cognitive psychology, there is a distinction between various memory systems (see 50 for a review), which is based both on results from experimental manipulation of memory performance and on brain-behaviour relationships as shown in lesion studies and brain activation studies. First,

Worry and Cognitive Attentional Biases

There is now substantial evidence in the adult literature to suggest that anxious adults have cognitive biases towards threat information, and overestimate the likelihood of such threat. Evidence is now beginning to suggest that these biases are apparent early on in the development of anxiety disorders i.e. in childhood and adolescence, (see Ehrenreick and Gross (2002) for a review).

Theories of Dreams and Dreaming

During the second half of the 20th century, theories of dreaming took very different points of view because of the discovery of REMS and the research that followed. Prominent among these theories is the Activation-Synthesis theory emanating from brain studies of sleep in laboratory animals. A theory quite different from that of Activation-Synthesis comes out of the clinical neuropsychological study of patients with various brain dysfunctions by Mark Solms. Other very different theories of dreaming are offered from the perspective of cognitive psychology by Foulkes and then by Hunt. Psychiatrist and empirical dream researcher, Ernest Hartmann, describes what he sees dreaming to be like from his eclectic perspective. Finally, human research psychologist, William Domhoff, addresses dreaming from a strictly empirical basis of the study of the nature of dreams themselves.

Psychosocial Interventions

There have been relatively few outcome studies of psychosocial interventions for depression in old age. Despite the limited evidence, reviews of psychosocial interventions in general 198 and cognitive-behavioural approaches in particular 199-200 have concluded that they are effective treatments. A quantitative review of cognitive therapy in the elderly identified only seven studies published between 1981 and 1994 that provided outcome data 200 . Only 362 patients were treated 120 with cognitive therapy, of whom 75 were in group therapy. Most patients were community-dwelling outpatients. The authors commented on the lack of information provided in the studies about the type and severity of depression being treated and concomitant physical illnesses. Cognitive therapy was found to show a 66 improvement over psychodynamic therapy, 60 improvement over behaviour therapy and 89 improvement over waiting list controls.

Depression Associated with Physical Illness

The use of psychosocial interventions in depressed older patients with acute physical illnesses has not been studied, despite the well-recognized importance of psychological support in these patients 172 . There is also little information regarding the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions in the elderly with chronic physical illnesses, although common treatment issues have been identified for applying cognitive-behavioural therapy 202 . Initial research has suggested that brief psychotherapy is feasible, acceptable and effective in providing short-term symptom reduction in medically ill elderly patients 203 . Most RCTs of psychosocial interventions fail to provide data on physical health. An exception compared psychodynamic and cognitive group therapies in 53 depressed older subjects, 90 of whom had concomitant medical conditions 204 . Cognitive therapy was found to be more effective than psychodynamic therapy. Studies are required to examine the effectiveness of psychosocial...

Depression in Residential Care

There have been a number of RCTs of psychosocial interventions for depression in nursing homes all have involved group therapies including cognitive therapy, reminiscence, problem-solving, social reinforcement, music therapy, focused visual imagery, education discussion and planned social activities. The studies have many methodological weaknesses that include failure to use diagnostic criteria for depression, small sample sizes, lack of physical health measures, non-blind ratings and inadequate reporting of outcomes 206-210 . This limits interpretation of the results. Four studies reported a significant reduction of depressive symptoms at the end of the programme with groups using cognitive therapy, reminiscence, problem-solving and planned social activities respectively 207-210 . However, it is noteworthy that cognitive therapy and social reinforcement were ineffective in other studies 206, 207 . The only study employing diagnostic criteria reported a response rate of 45 with...

Suggested Priorities for Research into Depressive Disorders in the Elderly

The latter include comorbid physical illness, the efficacy of treatment (including medications, cognitive therapy and psychosocial intervention) and prognosis. Molecular biology techniques are becoming increasingly sophisticated, but the absence of a review of these by the authors emphasizes that their use in the study of depression in the elderly is still in its infancy.

Strategies to promote adherence

First, developing good rapport with your diabetes care team is very important. This can involve discussing barriers to treatment and attending education sessions about the need for intervention and reviewing the expected course and outcomes. Education of the individual with diabetes is an important part of most treatment programmes and works to address many of the barriers related to either the individual or the health-care professional. Examples include ensuring that you understand the dietary and activity prescriptions by writing them down, discussing your beliefs about your diabetes and how diet and physical activity may benefit you, providing clear information about any complications and related conditions and how lifestyle change may be helpful in improving these conditions, and assessing your expectations. Building alliances with the diabetes team is a very important aspect of improving treatment adherence and addressing important psychological and social barriers to dietary...

Functional Organization and Agent Architectures

Artificial intelligence Al), it is predated by efforts in other related fields (in particular, cognitive psychology, ethology, or philosophy), where processing architectures have been proposed for living creatures (typically under different names, such as cognitive architecture, behavioral architecture, or functional architecture). Common to all these architectural approaches is the claim that the functional organization of agent control systems is the right level of abstraction at which to understand what brings about the behaviors of agents. Furthermore, it is this level that underwrites causal explanations of behaviors and warrants talk about mental states, such as believing that p or desiring x (includingmental causation such as that my believing thatp and desiring*caused me to act in a certain way, see also Kim, 1996).

The Sacredness Of Life

The second reason for a vegetarian ideal from a sacred life perspective centers on the sentience of lower creatures. If the animal kingdom could experience emotion, particularly pain, suffering, fear, and deprivation, then causing such negative emotions would constitute a violation of that creature's life. This would be even more serious if death were to result.

Vision When It Works

Most of what has been established in the previous decade is a broad-stroke sketch of the process of visual object recognition akin to, in the computer metaphor of mid-century cognitive psychology, a flow chart. We have learned about the division of labor within the visual system, including the general character of function performed by some of the boxes. This is a first step toward understanding how visual object recognition is implemented in the brain. But until we have iteratively unpacked each of those boxes to the point where properties of individual neuronal behavior enter the picture, we have not fully answered the how question for object recognition. I am confident that, if we continue to pay attention to single cell physiology and computational modeling, and can attract the attention of these fields to the kind of larger scale organization discussed in this book, we will get there.

The Longterm Course of Schizophrenia and its Economic Consequences

The economic burden of schizophrenia is considerable, as shown in recent cost-of-illness estimates in various countries (USA, UK, France, The Netherlands) about 2 of the total health care is spent on these disorders, of which at least two-thirds goes to hospital and residential care. The ISoS demonstrates in all cohorts that this kind of care is spent on a minor part of the total population in need. It is therefore well justified to ask for criteria of efficiency and equity as Knapp et al have argued. They review excellently the modes of economic evaluations and economic evidence regarding cost-outcome balance of pharmacotherapy, psychological therapy and care arrangement in the community. The most appropriate way of evaluating treatment and care in schizophrenia is probably the cost-consequences analysis, in which multiple clinical and social outcomes, like symptoms, functioning, quality of life, and family burden are measured together with a comprehensive direct and indirect medical...

Etiology Of Worry States A Cognitive Perspective

Next, we consider how the self-referent knowledge that supports dispositional worry traits is translated into states of worry. Interactionist theories of personality (see Matthews et al., 2003) imply that worry traits relate to various biases in the content and organization of self-knowledge, as represented in LTM. These memory structures remain latent until activated, for example, by an external threat stimulus (e.g., Moretti & Higgins, 1999). The worry state ensues when the activation of self-knowledge generates a high frequency of self-referent, predominantly negative thoughts related to themes of threat and personal insecurity. There are multiple sources of cognitive bias that may elevate state worry in persons high in trait worry. Some biases are associated with neuroticism and trait anxiety, including negative self-beliefs, evidenced by their correlations with measures of self-concept, self-efficacy, self-esteem, and allied constructs (Matthews, et al., 2000,2003). Following...

Individual Psychoeducation For Schizophrenia

This compliance therapy approach points to a clear benefit in short-term risk of relapse, but not in psychotic symptoms, which was linked to the receipt of compliance therapy. Many of the psychoeducational interventions have assumed that patients have, as it were, a deficit in knowledge or skills assumed to be responsible for poor compliance. Kemp et al's trial, on the other hand, focused on patients' existing beliefs (i.e. fears or concerns about medication) and used these in a positive and individualized way to promote compliance.

Why Do People Worry And Ruminate

Metacognitive Therapy Type Worry

A systematic account of worry and rumination should specify the mechanisms responsible for initiating and maintaining these activities and the factors contributing to the development of their pathological forms. The identification of the idiosyncratic nature and functions of worry and rumination within the context of information processing models may enhance our knowledge of the worrisome and ruminative processes involved in the onset, perpetuation and recurrence of anxiety and depression, respectively. Wells and Matthews' (1994,1996) S-REF model of emotional disorders accounts for the information processing mechanisms that initiate and maintain worry and rumination and the pathological consequences of these styles of thinking. In the S-REF model, a particular cognitive attentional 'syndrome' consisting of heightened self-focus, repetitive negative thinking, maladaptive coping behaviours and threat monitoring contributes to emotional disturbance. An important component of this...

Definitions and Characteristics of Rumination

Rumination is a relatively common response to negative moods (Rippere, 1977) and a salient cognitive feature of dysphoria and DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994) major depressive disorder. Although rumination may be symptomatic of dysphoria or clinical depression, it may also be perceived as serving a function. Research has demonstrated that the content of rumination is experienced in both verbal and imaginal form and it is similar in depressed and non-depressed individuals (Papageorgiou & Wells, 1999a, 1999b, 2004). The content of ruminative thinking involves themes about past personal loss and failure. Like worry, rumination may also be activated initially as a response to an intrusive thought, and it can be perpetuated depending on its perceived functions (Papageorgiou & Wells, Finally, Treynor, Gonzalez and Nolen-Hoeksema (2003) revised the Ruminative Responses Scale (RRS Nolen-Hoeksema & Morrow, 1991) and produced a new measure of rumination, which was...

Characteristics Of Dreams

Emotions or moods are experienced in about three-fourths ol dreams but are not mentioned in dream reports unless dreamers are specifically prompted to do so. However, when asked, dreamers may report experiencing emotions in the dream that differ from what others might infer was present from the rest of the dream report. This emotion is almost always what the dreamers said they would have experienced had they been awake. Contrary to what people think they dream about, negative emotions are actually experienced far more often than positive emotions in dreams. Moderate emotions are experienced much more often than either extremely strong or very weak emotions. The characteristics of the content of recalled dreams are more similar than different across cultures in things like the percent of male and female characters, more aggression than friendliness, more misfortune than good fortune, and more negative emotions than positive emotions. Strauch and Meier (1996), in reviewing 500 REMS...

Julie Loebach Wetherell Prevalence

Furthermore, epidemiological research suggests that the prevalence of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is lower in those over 65 than in younger age groups (Blazer, George & Hughes, 1991). As is the case with most cross-sectional comparisons, it is impossible to determine the reason for these differences. It is possibly due to survival biases, in that people who have higher levels of worry are less likely to live to old age, or to cohort differences, given that people who are currently elderly survived World War II and the Great Depression and were typically raised with the values of self-reliance and minimizing or not discussing negative emotions. Older adults may not remember past episodes of worry. It is also possible that over the course of a lifetime, older adults develop wisdom (e.g. develop

Comparisons Between Worry And Rumination

The nature of worry and rumination suggests that these processes should overlap with and differ from each other. It is evident that worry and rumination can exist dynamically within the same individual. However, the study of similarities and differences between worry and rumination may offer a number of important opportunities. First, it may allow us to construct systematically a profile of the constituents of persistent negative thinking processes that contribute to specific and or general manifestations of psychological disturbance. In this way, an examination of the similarities and differences between worry and rumination may also assist in refining the proposed concepts. Whether the similarities or differences are key contributors to psychopathology is not yet clear. Second, this research may also facilitate the development and validation of idiosyncratic models for understanding perseverative negative thinking in anxiety and depression. Third, knowledge of similarities and...

Spiritual aspects of menopause

F Do you have a faith or religion that is important to you A How do your beliefs apply to your health I Are you involved in a church or faith community Are you worried about any conflicts between your beliefs and your medical situation care decisions If the patient is dying How do your beliefs affect the kind of medical care you would like me to provide over the next few days weeks months

Methods of Assessment

The Wechsler batteries are not designed for evaluation of dementia, since they do not cover all the changes that occur in dementia syndromes. Therefore, additional tests have to be added in order to get a comprehensive evaluation of dementia. Important cognitive domains not covered by standard batteries are executive functioning, naming, verbal fluency, reasoning, copying, tracking, perceptual abilities, motor skills, and procedural memory. To fulfil the purpose to assess these cognitive domains, specific tests are added at most clinical specialist centres. At some centres, tasks or principles from experimental cognitive psychology have been added to clinical assessment. For instance, the memory-scanning paradigm 14 , the phonological loop idea 15 or examination of priming memory 16 have been used. Although the WMS batteries are widely used for memory assessment, they are lacking the level of task difficulty that is required when assessing individuals in the borderline between...

Challenging thinking errors

After you have learned to identify negative thoughts you will need to learn to change. If you are working with a therapist you will find that he or she uses questions to help you to challenge your beliefs. She will encourage you to think through alternatives to your beliefs or responses rather than holding on to your negative thoughts.

Subsyndromal Depressive Symptoms SSD

The prevalence of depressive disorders does not seem to increase during menopause 74 . However, further investigation may be needed 75 . Negative beliefs about menopause and experiencing a longer than usual menopause are associated with an increased risk of developing a depressive disorder.

About The Editors

Adrian Wells is Professor of Clinical & Experimental Psychopathology at the University of Manchester, and Professor II in Clinical Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. He is Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Manchester Mental Health Trust. He has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters in the area of cognitive theory and therapy of emotional disorders. His books include Wells, A. (1997) Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders A Practice Manual and Conceptual Guide, Chichester, UK Wiley, and Wells, A. (2000) Emotional Disorders and Metacognition Innovative Cognitive Therapy, Chichester, UK Wiley. He is the originator of metacognitive therapy and has also contributed to the development of cognitive therapy for anxiety disorders. He is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, USA.

Costas Papageorgiou

Although the tendency to engage in recurrent negative thinking about past stressful events, current difficulties, and anticipated future problems is a common psychological feature of a range of disorders, worry and rumination are considered to be core cognitive processes in generalised anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder, respectively. This chapter begins by examining definitions and characteristics of worry and rumination. The second section discusses processes implicated in maladaptive worry and rumination. The affective, behavioural and cognitive consequences of worry and rumination are considered in the third section of this chapter. In the fourth section, both conceptual and empirical comparisons are made between worry and rumination. The final section considers factors that may predispose certain individuals to engage in worry and rumination.

Medical

During the breaks between question blocks, try to relax and not think back over the exam. The desire to recall questions is strong but not helpful. Those questions are in the past you will never see them again. Focus on relaxing and making the most of your break. Remember, you will always tend to remember those questions you got wrong. Thinking back over these questions will just convince you that you do not know anything. This puts you in a bad frame of mind and leads to negative thoughts that only make the remainder of the exam more difficult. Be glad one set of questions is behind you. Forget about them, and think about something more pleasant.

Consent Forby Minors

When the Parent's or the Guardian's Consent Is Needed. State law governs local definitions as to who is a minor. Generally, consent of the parent or the guardian consent should be obtained before treatment is given to a minor. (Depending on the state, a minor may be someone under the age of 16, 17, or 18.) The consent of the parent or guardian is not needed in 1) an emergency 2) situations in which the consent of the minor is sufficient (some states allow minors to consent to receive birth control counseling and prescriptions or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases without parental knowledge) or 3) when a court order or other legal authorization is obtained (where the parents' personal beliefs stand in the way of treating a child for a life-threatening condition).

Marital Therapy Mt

BMT conceptualizes depression as an interpersonal context such that both members of the marital dyad are included in therapy. The treatment program (20 sessions) has been detailed 168,195 . Treatment initially focuses on behavioral exchange and then moves on to training in communication and problem-solving. In the latter, couples are taught to resolve conflicts around issues such as finance, sex, affection, parenting, and intimacy. The techniques and theoretical base are both cognitive and behavioral in nature. The latter include behavioral rehearsal and contingency management cognitive techniques include reframing and other cognitive restructuring techniques. Socratic questioning and hypothesis development and testing, typical of Beck et al's CT 4 , are not used.

Metacognition

An important clinical feature of worry is that its content often refers to worry itself experiencing intrusive thoughts may itself be a focus for worry (Wells, 2000). Such metacognitions may be negative (worrying could make me go crazy) or positive (if I worry I'll be prepared). Wells and colleagues have developed several scales for metacognitive traits, including metaworry (worry about worry Wells, 1994), positive and negative beliefs about worry (Wells & Cartwright-Hatton, 2004), and typical strategies used for thought control (Wells & Davies, 2004). Evidence reviewed by Wells (2000) links each type of trait to dispositional worry. For example, in a study of thought control the PSWQ related to thought control strategies of deliberate worrying and punishment (for thinking unacceptable thoughts) (Wells & Davies, 1994). Metaworry has been found to predict trait worry, even with trait anxiety and level of worry about external threats controlled (Nuevo, Montorio & Borkovec,...

Summary

Clinical management psychoeducation clearly increases medication adherence in MDD. Cognitive therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and behavior therapy have equal acute phase efficacy in adult outpatients with nonpsy-chotic MDD. Cognitive therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and behavior therapy at least equal and may exceed the acute phase efficacy of brief psychodynamic therapy. Cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, or interpersonal psychotherapy equal (but far less often exceed) the acute phase efficacy of medications in outpatients with MDD. The combination of an acute phase symptom-targeted therapy combined with antidepressant medication does not exceed the effects of either treatment alone. Maintenance phase interpersonal psychotherapy (for those treated with interpersonal psychotherapy plus medication in acute and continuation phases) exceeds placebo in two trials, but medication provided greater maintenance prophylaxis than interpersonal psychotherapy alone. Other maintenance...

Conclusion

Both trait and state worry relate to multiple biases in information-processing and cognition, including a general tendency towards various forms of negative self-referent thinking. Key attributes of worry include accessibility and content of threat schemas, intolerance of uncertainty, appraisals of personal incompetence in handling threats, catastrophizing, use of worry as an avoidance coping strategy, and distinctive metacognitions and thought control strategies. Worry relates to multiple biases that may have a functional unity through supporting an adaptation to perceived threat. Worry represents an orientation to the demands and challenges of life that prioritizes anticipation and preparation for threats. As functional analyses of worry have emphasized, anticipation may sometimes be adaptive. However, this adaptive strategy also carries various risks related to excessive attention to potential threats, interference with beneficial emotional processing, harmful metacognitions, and...

Warranted

One compiled by the present author for the World Health Organization, and later published in a condensed form 1 . Comparing the present one with earlier reviews, there is reason to be impressed by the amount of research that has accumulated in a short span of time. Rush has been among the first in reporting a controlled trial of cognitive therapy (CT) and pharmacotherapy in depressed outpatients 2 . As the present review clearly shows, the conclusions reached more than two decades ago, concerning the efficacy of CT for depression, have been repeatedly confirmed.

Depressive Disorders

Rush and Thase have discussed the very limited evidence suggesting a beneficial effect of the combination of medication and psychotherapy in depression. This is probably due to the fact that the two types of treatment are generally provided at the same time. Administration of treatment in sequential order has been mainly limited to instances of treatment resistance. Cognitive-behavioral strategies have been successful in the management of drug-resistant major depressive disorders 1 , to the same extent that imipramine was found to be effective after unsuccessful cognitive therapy of depression 2 . This literature suggests that a trial of a different modality of treatment should be performed before labeling an episode of major depression as ''refractory'' or treatment-resistant. Only when both psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approaches have been used in a sequential order, is it justified to define depression as refractory.

Disability

Definitions of disability vary widely depending on context. Different entitlement programmes in the United States use different definitions as do different rehabilitation programmes. All definitions, however, seem to share common principles. Disabled persons suffer from an illness, disease or disorder. They suffer signs and symptoms of that disorder which are impairments. As a consequence of those impairments they suffer a loss of ability or competence in a significant life function such as employment, finances, recreation, social role, socially acceptable behaviour and or basic survival skills. Techniques utilized to diminish impairments and disabilities include neuroleptic drugs, social skills training, family education and therapy, supportive psychotherapy and cognitive therapy.

Theories Of Worry

Relatively few studies have attempted to apply theories about worry to older adults. Because older adults appear to experience lower levels of arousal due to physiological changes in the autonomic nervous system associated with aging, worry may form a more important component of anxiety in the elderly than in younger adults. One recent investigation tested Wells' cognitive model of pathological worry in a sample of older Spanish adults and found that metaworry (positive and negative beliefs about worry) was a significant predictor of severity of worry and interference of worry in daily life even after controlling for trait anxiety, worry content, and uncontrollability of worry (Nuevo, Montorio & Borkovec, 2004). A follow-up to this study examined which types of beliefs about worry were predictive of GAD symptoms in a sample of senior center attendees (Montorio, Wetherell & Nuevo, submitted). Positive beliefs about worry, negative beliefs about worry, and beliefs about worry as a...

Treatment

The first randomized, controlled trial of an SSRI for late-life GAD found a medium effect for citalopram over pill placebo (Lenze et al., 2005, d .54). A recent open label trial based on a conception of GAD as involving intolerance of uncertainty produced a much larger mean effect on anxiety symptoms, d 1.67, in a sample of 8 older GAD patients (Ladouceur, Leger, Dugas, & Freeston, 2004) (see Chapter 17). Unlike the other studies, the treatment used in this trial involved cognitive techniques such as reevaluating beliefs about worry and problem-solving skills training rather than behavioral strategies such as relaxation training, suggesting that these types of interventions may be more helpful for older adults with pathological worry. Results from a randomized, controlled trial of this treatment protocol with older GAD patients are eagerly anticipated.

The Evidence

To facilitate clinicians and researchers in understanding the effectiveness of psychosocial rehabilitation for schizophrenia, Table 1 provides a brief summary of those strategies which have received the most empirical support. Effective strategies include family intervention, supported employment, social skills training, assertive community treatment, integrated treatment for comorbid substance abuse, and cognitive therapy for psychosis. Each of these rehabilitation strategies has received support from at least three controlled studies. Cognitive therapy for psychosis

Syndromes

Neuropsychological assessment involves the observation of an individual's behaviour in relation to a given stimulus, selected for its likelihood to provoke an abnormal response in the face of damage to specific neuroana-tomical structures. The theoretical basis of neuropsychological assessment is derived, on the one hand, from cognitive psychology, which is concerned with the development of cognitive tests for the demonstration of theoretical models of normal cognitive functioning, and on the other hand, from behavioural neurology in the tradition of Luria, which aims at the classification of normal and pathological responses to cognitive stimuli with a view to screening central nervous system disorder. Ove Almkvist's review of neuropsychological assessment in dementia emphasizes the importance for diagnosis of considering both normal models of cognitive functioning, such as the dissociation of primary, episodic and procedural memory, and the features of pathological central nervous...

Conclusions

In summary, psychosocial interventions have been found to be efficacious in major and non-major depressions, being the treatments of choice in the latter. Cognitive therapy may be the modality of choice, but not all agree. The interaction of physical health, old age and cognitive decline upon these treatments has not been taken into sufficient account in existing studies. RCTs of psychosocial treatments in nursing homes suggest that a range of group therapies may have a short-term effect, which is not sustained for more than a few months without an ongoing structured programme. The very promising outcomes obtained with behavioural treatments in dementia require replication.

Distraction

Another technique that you can use to control anxiety due to negative thoughts is through the use of distraction. This technique is useful when you find yourself becoming anxious or distressed in a particular situation. If, for example, you begin to feel anxious while on a bus because you are worried that others can see your psoriasis lesions, then you may use distraction as a means to help divert your attention from the anxiety-provoking thought. There are several ways that this can be done. Negative thoughts Negative thoughts Figure 8.1. Vicious cycle set up by negative thoughts and how distraction can help break the cycle. Figure 8.1. Vicious cycle set up by negative thoughts and how distraction can help break the cycle. Firstly, you can focus your attention on a neutral event or object, for example by counting how many people on the bus are wearing blue sweaters or how many cars overtake you. Secondly, you can try mental exercises such as reciting the alphabet backwards or...

Graded exposure

About snakes may avoid anything associated with the feared stimulus (e.g. zoos, television nature programmes, photographs that feature snakes), the same may apply to patients with skin disease. For example, they may cover their skin up with make-up or clothes that conceal the condition, avoid conversations about appearance or avoid activities where there is a possibility of other people noticing their condition. One way to help cope is to challenge your beliefs about the feared situation through graded exposure. This involves firstly establishing what the feared stimulus is and then constructing a hierarchy of situations that you avoid. The procedure generally involves the following

The Results System

The results system is a program of healing that incorporates elements of therapeutic touch, energy work, nutrition, detoxification therapy, metaphysical healing, and creative visualization as healing techniques. According to Natalie, The results system is a system to heal your mind, body, and spirit all at once. And within four or five sessions a person can be healed by conversation, and by healing of the hand, and by their belief system. When Natalie refers to healing by their belief system, she means by using creative visualization and positive affirmations to replace negative thought patterns (Achterberg 1985). The healing process involves determining if there are blocks impeding the flow of energy within the person. In Natalie's words If the chakras4 are blocked for any reason, due to stress, illness, disease, these have to be opened before you can possibly

Metaworry

A further endeavor has been to assess process characteristics of worry. Perhaps most noteworthy have been attempts to elucidate meta-level beliefs about worry. In his meta-cognitive model of worry in GAD, Wells (1995, 1997) suggests that positive and negative beliefs about worry give rise to Type 1 worry (worry about external events and non-cognitive internal events) and also to the more pathological Type 2 worry (or worry about worry) (see Chapter 11). Assessing such dimensions is of interest to clinicians because such beliefs, particularly beliefs about the negative consequences of worry, may actually be central to the transformation of everyday worry into clinical GAD worry (Wells 1994 Cartwright-Hatton & Wells, 1997). Wells (1994) developed the Anxious Thoughts Inventory (AnTI) to measure individual differences in proneness to multiple dimensions of worry, including both content and process dimensions (see Chapter 9). This is a 22-item self-report scale assessing three...

Normal Sadness

In the past few years an attempt has been made to explore the neural substrate of those emotions of normal individuals which from the evolutionary perspective are considered primary, serving survival needs and adaptational functions. In this respect the positron emission tomography (PET) studies are relevant. In one of the first PET studies 85 it was reported that induced sadness evoked bilateral activation of the inferior orbito-frontal cortex. In another study 86 it was shown that sadness and happiness involve different neuronal networks. Finally, in a more recent study, it was shown that in human emotions several brain regions are involved, but it is possible to identify regions that distinguish between positive and negative emotions 87 . It is understood that at this stage it is premature to rely on neuroimaging technology for differentiating normal from abnormal emotions (sadness from depressed mood). Nevertheless, such findings may be used as the experimental ground for...

Treatment Options

Medication, but there are no controlled data available. There are no controlled studies of psychotherapy in the literature. Case reports suggest that cognitive therapy might be helpful. Group therapy may enable relatively healthy patients to improve their social skills. Family therapy may be indicated where the family dynamics are contributing to the patient's difficulties.

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