Comparison of the efficacy of Cognitive behavioral hypnotherapy and Drug therapy on perceived stress and interpersonal relationships skills in panic disorder

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. Student in Psychology, Department of Psychology,Yasooj Branch,Islamic Azad University. Yasooj, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Yasuj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Yasuj, Iran.

3 Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iranian Scientific Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Mashhad, Iran.


Introduction: The purpose of this study was to determine the cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy, drug therapy on perceived stress, interpersonal relationships skills.
 Methods: The statistical population consisted of all persons referring to Ebnsina Specialty Hospital in Tehran in the year 2018-2019. Forty-five patients were selected by simple random sampling and were replaced in 3 groups of 15 persons (two experimental and one control group). Participants were assessed with Cohen's Perceived Stress Questionnaire (1983), Matson's Interpersonal Communication Skills (1983). Participants were then trained for five sessions, received drug therapy under the supervision of a drug specialist, and the control group received no training.
Results: Data were analyzed using multivariate analysis of covariance. The results showed that there were significant differences in the variable of interpersonal skills post-test hypnotherapy with a post-test control group and drug treatment group. In the perceived stress variable, the hypnotherapy treatment group had a significant difference with the control group and the drug treatment group. The post-test showed that the level of interpersonal skills in the hypnotherapy group was significantly higher than the control and drug treatment groups.
Conclusion: Given the significant impact of cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy on perceived stress, interpersonal relationships skills in panic disorder are suggested to be used to improve the mental health of these patients.


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