NEUROTICISM AND NEGATIVE AUTOMATIC THOUGHTS IN PATIENTS WITH GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER

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ABSTRACT
Objective: Huge and developing research area is searching for connections between personality and individual
psychopathology. Psychopathology is a cause for change in certain personality traits. Aim of this study is to investigate
the relation between broad personality traits neuroticism and automatic thoughts in generalized anxiety disorder
patients.
Method: 63 volunteer outpatients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) participated from Bozok university school of
medicine and public hospital psychiatry outpatient clinic. Participants were given generalized anxiety disorder-7 (GAD-
7), Eysenck’s personality questionnaire-revised short form (EPQ-RF) and negative automatic thoughts scale (NATS) by
two psychiatrists. EPQ-RF and NATS were given also to comparison group of healthy 62 volunteers.
Results: Patients with GAD had pretty high GAD-7 scores (13,59±3.51). NATS scores of patients is also higher than
comparison group (75,69±28,22). Neuroticism subscale (EPQ-N) scores of EPQ-RF is found also higher than healthy group
scores. Highly positive relationship between GAD-7 and NATS scores and NATS and EPQ-N scores is found in correlation
analysis.
Conclusion: As could be seen from the results of obtained; negative automatic thoughts and neuroticism are found
notably high in patients with generalized anxiety disorder. Also, high rate of relationship is found between automatic
thoughts and neuroticism. Thus, these findings are important in terms of showing psychopathology induced changes in
personality traits. As our knowledge; there is not much searches in the literature about automatic negative thoughts
and personality traits together.
Keywords: Anxiety, Personality, Neuroticism, Automatic Thoughts.

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