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Group-Based Relaxation Response Skills Training for Pharmacologically-Resistant Depressed and Anxious Patients

  • Roberto Truzoli (a1), Cecilia Rovetta (a1), Caterina Viganò (a1), Paola Marianna Marinaccio (a1), Gabriella Ba (a1) and Phil Reed (a2)...

Abstract

Background: Drug-resistance for depression and anxiety is a major limitation in the treatment of these common disorders, and adjunct support interventions may be beneficial in the treatment of these patients. Aims: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a short-term (8 session) Relaxation Response Skills Training (RRST) programme for a population of psychiatric outpatients with anxiety and mood disorders who were unresponsive to drug treatment, and to test the feasibility of this intervention as complementary treatment for a psychiatric setting. Method: Forty patients were measured for overall psychopathological symptoms, depression, and anxiety, and were then given an 8-week course of RRST, while continuing their pharmacological treatment. Following the RRST intervention, participants were again assessed. Results: The results demonstrated reductions in overall symptoms (large effect size and reasonable clinically significant change), and also in depression and anxiety (medium effect sizes and clinically significant change). Conclusions: These results suggest that this short-term RRT offers a simple and cost-effective way to augment drug management for participants with common psychiatric disorders who are less responsive to the drug treatment.

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Correspondence to Phil Reed, Department of Psychology, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK. E-mail: p.reed@swansea.ac.uk

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Group-Based Relaxation Response Skills Training for Pharmacologically-Resistant Depressed and Anxious Patients

  • Roberto Truzoli (a1), Cecilia Rovetta (a1), Caterina Viganò (a1), Paola Marianna Marinaccio (a1), Gabriella Ba (a1) and Phil Reed (a2)...

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Group-Based Relaxation Response Skills Training for Pharmacologically-Resistant Depressed and Anxious Patients

  • Roberto Truzoli (a1), Cecilia Rovetta (a1), Caterina Viganò (a1), Paola Marianna Marinaccio (a1), Gabriella Ba (a1) and Phil Reed (a2)...
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