Well-being therapy. A novel psychotherapeutic approach for residual symptoms of affective disorders

There is increasing awareness of the prognostic value of residual symptomatology in affective disorders and of the need for specific therapeutic strategies in this phase of illness

G. A. FAVA; C. RAFANELLI; M. CAZZARO; S. CONTI; S. GRANDI

2002

Scholarcy highlights

  • There is increasing awareness of the prognostic value of residual symptomatology in affective disorders and of the need for specific therapeutic strategies in this phase of illness
  • The aims of the study were to apply a novel, short-term psychotherapeutic approach for increasing well-being, based on Ryff's conceptual model, to remitted patients with affective disorders and to compare the results with those obtained with symptom-oriented cognitive behavioural strategies
  • Both well-being and cognitive–behavioural therapies were associated with a significant reduction of residual symptoms
  • These preliminary results suggest the feasibility of well-being therapy in the residual stage of affective disorders
  • Some thoughts on the fine-tuning of mood stabilization

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