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Outcome of cognitive-behavioral therapy for relatives of people with severe mental disorders

Rocío Polo-López, Karmele Salaberria, María Soledad Cruz-Sáez and Enrique Echeburua

University of the Basque Country. UPV/EHU

Background: Over the past 20 years, research shows that families of people affected by severe mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and addiction) may suffer emotional distress and lack of self-esteem. Aims: In this study, long-term effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral treatment designed for relatives of people with severe mental illness was evaluated. Method: A total of 30 relatives living with a person affected by a severe mental disorder received 10 sessions of tailored cognitive-behavioral therapy. Results:  The study shows that the treatment was effective for the reduction of depression-anxiety symptoms, as well as for negative emotions and psychological distress. Conclusions: This psychological support program has shown to be effective as a treatment for the relatives of people with serious mental health problems both in the posttreatment and in the 12-month follow-up.

Resultados de la terapia cognitivo-conductual para familiares de personas con trastorno mental severo. Antecedentes: en los últimos 20 años, la investigación muestra que los familiares de las personas afectadas por una enfermedad mental grave (esquizofrenia, trastorno bipolar y  adicciones) pueden sufrir malestar emocional y falta de autoestima. Objetivos: en este estudio se evalúa la eficacia a largo plazo de un tratamiento cognitivo-conductual diseñado para familiares de personas con enfermedad mental grave. Método: un total de 30 familiares que viven con una persona afectada por un trastorno mental grave recibió 10 sesiones individuales de terapia cognitivo-conductual. Resultados: el tratamiento fue eficaz para la reducción de los síntomas ansioso-depresivos, así como para la disminución de las emociones negativas. Conclusiones: este programa de apoyo psicológico ha demostrado ser eficaz como tratamiento para los familiares de las personas con graves problemas de salud mental, tanto en el postratamiento como en el seguimiento de los 12 meses.


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