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Table of Contents
Vol. 67, No. 6, 1998
Issue release date: 1998
Section title: Regular Article
Psychother Psychosom 1998;67:302–310
(DOI:10.1159/000012295)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Patients with Electric Sensitivity – a Multidisciplinary Approach in a Controlled Study

Hillert L.a,b · Kolmodin Hedman B.b · Dölling B.F.c · Arnetz B.B.a,d
a Environmental Illness Research Centre, Southern Division of Community Health, Huddinge, b Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, University Hospital/Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, c Department of Occupational Health, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, d National Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

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Abstract of Regular Article

Published online: November 13, 1998
Issue release date: 1998

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 5
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

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Abstract

Background: Electric sensitivity is a syndrome that still lacks diagnostic criteria and proven aetiology. The suffering of afflicted persons motivates development and evaluation of effective handling and treatments. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of cognitive behavioural therapy in patients with electric sensitivity. Methods: Cognitive behavioural treatment, as part of a multidisciplinary treatment package for patients with electric sensitivity, was evaluated in a controlled trial. Ten patients who received treatment were compared to 12 controls. Outcome measures included different dimensions such as symptoms, beliefs, behaviour, and biochemical measurements of stress-related variables. All outcome measures were collected prior to the study, post-treatment, and after an additional 6-month follow-up. Results: The therapy group rated their electric sensitivity as significantly lower than did the control group at the 6-month follow-up, and reduction of self-rated discomforts from triggering factors was significant in the therapy group. There were no systematic changes in the biochemical variables. The symptom indices were significantly reduced over time, and ability to work continued to be good in both groups. Conclusion: The prognosis for this syndrome is good with early intervention and cognitive therapy may further reduce the perceived hypersensitivity. This may have important implications on handling of patients with electric sensitivity.


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Regular Article

Published online: November 13, 1998
Issue release date: 1998

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 5
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PPS


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