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Group cognitive therapy (CT), focused expressive psychotherapy (FEP; a form of group experiential psychotherapy), and supportive, self-directed therapy (S/SD) were compared among 63 patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Variation among patients' coping styles (externalization) and defensiveness (resistance potential) was used in a prospective test(More)
Natural history studies in heart failure have shown that increases in left ventricular (LV) volume and LV mass are directly related to future deterioration in LV performance and a less favorable clinical course. Despite the recognized importance of remodeling in heart failure, very little is known about the basic mechanisms that lead to cardiac remodeling.(More)
The relationship among therapeutically induced affective arousal, depressive symptoms, pain and beta-endorphin levels were explored on 6 patients with chronic, active rheumatoid arthritis. An ABA, n of 1 study methodology was utilized, replicated 5 times. This procedure allowed the analysis of individualized changes across time in response to the(More)
This study evaluated the use of pretherapy patient variables as correlates of 3 categorical types of outcome: negative response (negative change of more than 1 normative SEest on depression measure); nonresponse (change within +/- 1 SEest on depression measure); and positive response (positive change of more than 1 SEest on depression measure) to(More)
This study prospectively determined the feasibility and accuracy of prehospital thrombolytic therapy candidate selection by base station emergency physicians. During a 6-month period, paramedics acquired and transmitted prehospital 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) and then applied a thrombolytic therapy contraindication checklist. Emergency physicians(More)
Focused Expressive Psychotherapy is a Gestalt-based method of psychotherapy which is designed to facilitate the resolution of constricted emotion in patients. This form of therapy is described as a five-step process. The present article addresses the steps of that process which relate specifically to the intensification and resolution of emotions. The(More)
Exploration of the relative roles of family dynamics and release of constrained, negative emotion in changing pain and depressive symptoms. Eighteen patients presenting mild to moderate depression and diagnoses of psychogenic pain disorder were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 treatment groups. One group was designed to facilitate the release of constrained and(More)
In an exploratory study, the authors examined the cognitions, affect, and behaviors reported by eight female depressed chronic pain patients during experiential therapy sessions that focused on anger and depression. Subjects appeared to fit previously developed psychologic profiles of patients with chronic pain disorder: they presented as conscientious,(More)