Journal article

Urinary Catecholamine Levels and Response to Group Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Depression

Tian PS Oei, Genevieve A Dingle, Molly McCarthy

BEHAVIOURAL AND COGNITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2010

Abstract

AIM: The aim was to investigate whether high catecholamine (CA) excreters would respond less well to a group cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) treatment for depression than others. METHOD: A sample of 70 adults with depression symptoms participated in a 12-week course of group CBT. Participants' 24 hour urinary catecholamine levels at pre-therapy and post-therapy were used to classify them as High (N = 10); Low (N = 33) or Mixed (N = 27) according to a cut-off one standard deviation above a published mean for healthy adults. Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and cognitions questionnaire (Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire; Beck Hopelessness Scale and Dysfunctional Attitudes Scale) were used. RES..

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