Emotionsreglering och ångestnivåer vid bipolär sjukdom - fallstudier i samband med en gruppbehandling med Unified Protocol

Detta är en Master-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Institutionen för psykologi

Sammanfattning: The present study had several aims: 1) assessing anxiety levels and emotion regulation strategies in two groups of individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder when receiving treatment with Unified Protocol (UP) in a group format, 2) investigating whether participants reached clinically significant levels of improvement regarding emotion regulation and anxiety post treatment, 3) investigating participants’ expectations prior to treatment, to what degree the treatment was found helpful and what elements that was found helpful. A case series design was used. Anxiety and emotion regulation problems were measured with the Overall Anxiety Severity and Impairment Scale (OASIS) and the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS). Clinical significance and reliable change were measured with the Reliable Change Index (RCI) and assessments of anxiety and emotion regulation were evaluated in comparison with cut-off-values for non-clinical and clinical populations. Participants’ expectations and evaluations of treatment were measured with questionnaires specifically constructed for the present study. The result shows that most of the participants showed positive changes under the treatment. Whether UP delivered in a group format is a viable treatment option for the larger population of individuals with bipolar disorder can not be answered by the present study but must be investigated in larger randomised controlled studies.

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