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Terapia di coppia emotionally focused per il trattamento dell’ansia in pazienti postinfartuati

  • H. B. MacIntosh
  • S. M. Johnson
  • A. Lee

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Un crescente numero di rapporti clinici sta contribuendo all’ampliamento delle conoscenze relative al concetto di trauma, integrando in questo modo la descrizione alquanto limitata fornita dal DSM-IV [1]. Al centro di tutte le definizioni di trauma vi è il tema della perdita della vita, elemento di cruciale importanza anche nell’occorrenza di eventi cardiaci quali l’infarto del miocardio (MI). La minaccia della perdita non incombe solamente sui pazienti ma anche sui partner, che attendono in sala d’aspetto o che stanno al capezzale del malato aggrappandosi ad ogni singolo battito cardiaco di questi e che si ritrovano a vivere in maniera vivida e vigile questo senso di anticipazione di un lutto. La maggioranza dei pazienti infartuati è rappresentata da uomini sposati al di sotto dei 70 anni [2]. Negli Stati Uniti, la cardiopatia coronarica (CHD) è la causa principale di morte sia per uomini che per le donne; vi sono 14 milioni di persone che convivono con la CHD ed 1,5 milioni di nuovi episodi di MI ogni anno [3].

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. B. MacIntosh
    • 1
  • S. M. Johnson
    • 2
    • 3
  • A. Lee
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Human SciencesSt. Paul UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and Center for Emotionally Focused TherapyOttawa UniversityOttawaCanada
  3. 3.Alliant USan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.Ottawa Couple & Family InstituteOttawaCanada

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