The effectiveness of Schema therapy and Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) on Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and Health anxiety of patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Psychology, Boroujerd Branch, Islamic Azad University, Boroujerd, Iran.

2 Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Borujerd, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Arak University, Arak, Iran


Introduction: The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of schema therapy and treatment based on acceptance and commitment on chronic fatigue syndrome and health anxiety in patients with multiple sclerosis.
Methods: The research method is quasi-experimental with pre-test-post-test design with two experimental groups and one control group. From the community of patients with multiple sclerosis in Markazi province in 1400, 45 people were randomly selected and then randomly assigned to 3 groups of 15 people. The research instruments included the Chronic Fatigue Questionnaire (CFS) and the Health Anxiety Inventory (2002). Finally, analysis of covariance was used using SPSS software version 22 to analyze the data.
Results: The results showed that there was a significant difference between the effect of schema therapy and acceptance and commitment based therapy on chronic fatigue syndrome and health anxiety (p <0.001).
Conclusion: There is no significant difference between changes in mean chronic fatigue and health anxiety among patients with multiple sclerosis after one month in the schema therapy group and acceptance and commitment based treatment in the follow-up phase and these results confirm Schema therapy and treatment based on acceptance and commitment to chronic fatigue and health anxiety among patients with multiple sclerosis has been well established.


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