La Prensa Medica.ISSN: 0032-745X

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The Role of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Worry Reduction: A Case Study of an Outpatient with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The purpose of this study was to examine the role of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) on worry reduction in a 36-year-old female with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sexual abuse and war exposure were the sources of PTSD for the patient. Using a manualized protocol, CBT techniques were tailored to the patient’s problems and content of symptoms within a case study. Self-rating scales were used to measure the role of CBT on worry reduction during pre-treatment, post-treatment and follow-up. Results showed the importance of CBT components for worry reduction in PTSD. Particular issues were encountered; the most notably were the designing and monitoring of out-session practices which involved careful planning. The treatment implications are discussed including the tailoring of therapy for personalized interventions and patient screening with regards to the construct of worry for clinicians.

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