Abstract: Fibromyalgia patients often experience anxiety and depressive symptoms; however, validated interventions show only limited efficacy.
This pilot study analyzed the effects of a 16-session version of attachment-based compassion therapy (ABCT-16) for improving anxiety and depressive symptomatology, as well as self-compassion and decentering, in 11 fibromyalgia patients.
Scales were assessed at four time points: baseline, after sessions 8 and 16, and 3.5 months after the completion of the program.
Significant improvements were found in all outcomes after the program, and most remained significant in the follow-up assessment.
Our preliminary results suggest that ABCT-16 can be effective for improving anxiety and depressive symptomatology in fibromyalgia patients. Nonetheless, further studies with larger samples and control groups are necessary to confirm these results.
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