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Evaluation of psychiatric symptoms and automatic negative thoughts among menopausal women

Hulya Ertekin, Fatma Beyazit, Basak Sahin.

Abstract
In this study, we aimed to evaluate psychiatric symptoms and associations with automatic negative thoughts in menopausal women. This prospective descriptive study performed in gynecology and obstetrics clinic of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Medicine Faculty Hospital. A Demographic information form, Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), and Automatic Thoughts Scale (ATS) were administered to all individuals. The present study consist of 105 menopausal women. The mean age of participants was 60.42±8.43 years old. There were a statistically significant positive correlation between mean total scores of ATS and mean total scores of somatization, obsessive compulsive (OC) , Interpersonal Sensitivity (IS), depression, anxiety, hostility, phobic anxiety (PA), paranoid subscales, and additional materials (AM) (poor appetite, trouble falling asleep, thoughts of death or dying, feeling of guilt), and BSI total. Also there was a statistically significant positive correlation between total scores of AM and mean age of participants. Our results suggest that automatic negative thoughts are related with all psychiatric disorders in postmenopausal women.

Key words: Menopause, automatic negative thoughts, psychiatric symptoms



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