Compassion-Focused Therapy for an Older Adult with Motor Functional Neurological Disorder : A Case Study

Zarotti, Nicolò and Poz, Rebecca and Fisher, Paul (2023) Compassion-Focused Therapy for an Older Adult with Motor Functional Neurological Disorder : A Case Study. Clinical Gerontologist, 46 (3). pp. 457-466. ISSN 0731-7115

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Objectives Motor functional neurological disorder (mFND) is a condition where individuals may experience difficulties such as tremors, gait impairments, and paralysis which are not explained by identified structural damage to the brain. Studies on chronic conditions have suggested that psychological interventions such as compassion-focused therapy (CFT) may be effective in improving well-being in people with mFND. However, no evidence is currently available on psychotherapy for older people with mFND. Methods A 12-session CFT intervention was delivered to an 81-year-old British male with mFND. Standardized measures were administered at baseline and post-intervention. Results At post-intervention, a 30% decrease in perceived psychological impact of mFND was found, along with clinically significant changes in anxiety and depression. Good levels of feasibility and acceptability were also observed. Conclusions To our knowledge, this is the first evidence of the feasibility, acceptability, and potential effectiveness of CFT for psychological difficulties linked with mFND, as well as the first evidence for any psychotherapy with an older adult with mFND. Clinical Implications CFT shows the potential to be effective, feasible, and acceptable for treating difficulties linked with mFND in older people. However, further high-quality investigations based on experimental designs are needed to build on the present preliminary findings.

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Clinical Gerontologist
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?? motor functional neurological disorderfunctional motor disordercompassion-focused therapyelderlyolder adultspsychotherapyfndgerontologyhealth(social science)clinical psychologygeriatrics and gerontologysocial psychology ??
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