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Psychotherapy recommended for women caring for children with severe health issues

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

Turns out, brief significantly improves the of women overwhelmed by caring for children with conditions.

Researchers at the conducted a study in which participants reported significantly decreased depressive symptoms, negative thinking and chronic stressors, and experienced improved sleep quality after five therapy sessions.

Lynne Hall, presented the findings said, "Women caring for children with such as and are at high risk for depressive symptoms. They have many things to juggle, including caring for the child, administering medications and coordinating and therapy visits. They're stressed and overwhelmed by the amount of care their children require and the number of hours a day it takes."

The study findings show that women caring for children with serious conditions should be screened for and that (CBT) is an essential treatment for this population.

Brief CBT, a short-term, goal-oriented takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving and focuses on changing patterns of thinking or behavior to decrease negative thoughts and improve recognition of one's ability to cope.

For the study, 94 female caregivers with high levels of depressive symptoms were randomly assigned to either a control group or an intervention group, which received five 45 to 60-minute sessions of

The women were given homework that centered around examples of cognitive distortions with positive substitutions, a thoughts log, and instructions for practicing relaxation.

The study was presented in a meeting at State of the Science on Nursing Research.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 12:55 IST