Cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD and somatization: An open trial

Carlos I. Pérez Benítez, Caron Zlotnick, Judelysse Gomez, Maria J. Rendón, Amelia Swanson

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Abstract

No treatment, to date, has been developed to improve both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS), despite mounting evidence of high comorbidity between PTSD and MUPS. This study assessed the feasibility, acceptability, and treatment outcomes of an adapted cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD and abridged somatization in a sample of eight participants. Fifteen percent of completers did not meet PTSD criteria after treatment completion and 62.5% improved their somatic symptoms. There was a significant difference between pre- and post-treatment depression symptoms, as well as in psychological and physical functioning measures. Results indicated a small to moderate effect size (d = 0.27-0.78) in PTSD severity scores, and moderate to large effect size in depression symptoms and psychosocial and physical functioning variables (d = 0.39-1.12). Preliminary evidence of acceptability indicates that the current CBT intervention may be suitable for Latinos individuals with PTSD and MUPS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-289
Number of pages6
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume51
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Multiple unexplained physical symptoms
  • Open trial
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Somatic symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    Pérez Benítez, C. I., Zlotnick, C., Gomez, J., Rendón, M. J., & Swanson, A. (2013). Cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD and somatization: An open trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51(6), 284-289. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2013.02.005