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Ideggyogy Sz. 2019 Sep 30;72(9-10):337-341. doi: 10.18071/isz.72.0337.

Modern health worries in patients with affective disorders. A pilot study.

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1
Doctoral School of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University; Institute of Health Promotion and Sport Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.
2
Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.
3
Institute of Health Promotion and Sport Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

Abstract

in English, Hungarian

Background - Modern health worries (MHWs) are asso-ciated with various indicators of negative affect, conspiracy theories, and paranormal beliefs in healthy individuals. Purpose - The current pilot study aimed to assess MHWs and indicators of negative affect in patients with affective disorders (N = 66), as well as the possible associations between MHWs and paranoid and schizophrenic tendencies. Results - Compared to somatic patients, psychiatric patients showed higher levels of MHWs, somatosensory amplification, health anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Medium level associations between MHWs and paranoid (r = 0.35, p < 0.01) and schizophrenic (r = 0.37, p < 0.01) tendencies were also revealed. Somatosensory amplification (β = 0.452, p < 0.001) and paranoia (β = 0.281, p < 0.01) significantly contributed to MHWs in multiple linear regression analysis (R2 = 0.323, p < 0.001). Discussion - High (i.e. pathological) levels of negative affect can impact a number of related characteristics. Non-pathological paranoid tendencies might contribute to MHWs. The identification of paranoid tendencies seems to be relevant for the treatment of psychiatric patients exhibiting MHWs. Conclusion - Patients with affective disorders are characterized by higher levels of modern health worries, health anxiety, and somatosensory amplification. Modern health worries are associated with paranoid tendencies.

KEYWORDS:

anxiety; depression; modern health worries; negative affect; paranoia

PMID:
31625700
DOI:
10.18071/isz.72.0337
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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