Affiliation: University of Mainz
- Body-related attentional biases in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder resulting from childhood sexual abuse with and without co-occurring borderline personality disorderM Witthöft
Department of Psychology, University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany Electronic address
J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry 46:72-7. 2015..We examined the extent to which biased information processing of body related stimuli was related to CSA...
- The latent structure of medically unexplained symptoms and its relation to functional somatic syndromesMichael Witthöft
Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Wallstrasse 3, Mainz, Germany
Int J Behav Med 20:172-83. 2013..Medically unexplained symptoms are the hallmark of somatoform disorders and functional somatic syndromes...
- Neuronal and behavioral correlates of health anxiety: results of an illness-related emotional Stroop taskMichael Witthöft
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
Neuropsychobiology 67:93-102. 2013..Predominant attention allocation to illness-related information is regarded as a central process in the development and maintenance of HA, yet little is known about the neuronal correlates of this attentional bias...
- Are media warnings about the adverse health effects of modern life self-fulfilling? An experimental study on idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields (IEI-EMF)Michael Witthöft
King s College London, Department of Psychological Medicine, Weston Education Centre, United Kingdom
J Psychosom Res 74:206-12. 2013..In this experiment, we tested whether media reports promote the development of this condition...
- Can't suppress this feeling: automatic negative evaluations of somatosensory stimuli are related to the experience of somatic symptom distressMichael Witthöft
Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany
Emotion 12:640-9. 2012..The tactile AMP is suggested as a promising paradigm to study automatic evaluations of body sensations in people with somatoform disorders and related clinical conditions...
- Adult age differences in inhibitory processes and their predictive validity for fluid intelligenceMichael Witthöft
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn 16:133-63. 2009..Results support the view of multiple inhibitory-like capabilities that play a central role in the decline of higher-order cognitive functions in old age...
- Abnormalities in cognitive-emotional information processing in idiopathic environmental intolerance and somatoform disordersMichael Witthöft
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University, Staudingerweg 9, D 55099 Mainz, Germany
J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry 40:70-84. 2009..The results of enhanced negative automatic evaluations of IEI-trigger words and greater attention allocation to symptom words support cognitive models of IEI...
- Evidence for a specific link between the personality trait of absorption and idiopathic environmental intoleranceMichael Witthöft
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany
J Toxicol Environ Health A 71:795-802. 2008....
- Psychological approaches to origins and treatments of somatoform disordersMichael Witthöft
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University, D55122 Mainz, Germany
Annu Rev Clin Psychol 6:257-83. 2010..Finally, future directions and some current blind spots in research on SFD are outlined...
- Tactile perceptual processes and their relationship to somatoform disordersAnna Katzer
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
J Abnorm Psychol 121:530-43. 2012..86) and were significantly lower in the SFD group. The notion that general perceptual dispositions influence the formation of symptom perception may thus complement cognitive models of SFD...
- Specificity and modifiability of cognitive biases in hypochondriasisMaria Gropalis
Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Mainz, Germany
J Consult Clin Psychol 81:558-65. 2013..Little is known about the specificity, temporal stability, and modifiability of these biases via psychotherapy...
- The German version of the H-YBOCS for the assessment of hypochondriacal cognitions and behaviors: development, reliability and validityFlorian Weck
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Frankfurt, Varrentrappstrasse 40 42, D 60486, Frankfurt, Germany
Int J Behav Med 20:618-26. 2013..Recently, the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale was adapted for the dimensional assessment of hypochondriacal characteristics (H-YBOCS) and yielded promising results...
- The implicit health-related self-concept in somatoform disordersKathrin Riebel
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Mainz, Wallstraße 3, 55122 Mainz, Germany
J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry 44:335-42. 2013..1) In particular, the self-concept has been demonstrated to be a key factor in SFD. Yet, the self-concept in SFDs has been studied only on an explicit but not on an implicit level...
- Somatic symptom reporting has a dimensional latent structure: results from taxometric analysesFabian Jasper
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
J Abnorm Psychol 121:725-38. 2012..Implications regarding the practical application as well as models of etiology and pathogenesis of somatic symptom reporting are discussed...
- Health anxiety, cognitive coping, and emotion regulation: a latent variable approachStefanie M Görgen
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Mainz, Wallstraße 3, 55122, Mainz, Germany
Int J Behav Med 21:364-74. 2014..It has recently been proposed that dysfunctional emotion regulation strategies contribute to health anxiety, but the empirical evidence for this claim is sparse...
- Health anxiety and attentional bias: the time course of vigilance and avoidance in light of pictorial illness informationFabian Jasper
Department of Clinical Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, 55122 Mainz, Germany
J Anxiety Disord 25:1131-8. 2011..Results suggest a vigilance avoidance pattern of selective attention associated with pictorial illness related stimuli in health anxiety...
- Tactile perceptual processes and their relationship to medically unexplained symptoms and health anxietyAnna Katzer
Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg Universitat Mainz, Germany
J Psychosom Res 71:335-41. 2011..The present study compared psychopathologic measures of MUS and health anxiety with SSDT parameters. Furthermore, we aimed to define a reliable measurement of tactile perception threshold...
- Hypochondriasis, somatoform disorders, and anxiety disorders: sociodemographic variables, general psychopathology, and naturalistic treatment effectsMaria Gropalis
Department of Psychology, University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany
J Nerv Ment Dis 200:406-12. 2012..The results suggest that patients with HYP have an interim position between SFD and ANX, with slightly closer connections to ANX...
- Improving heartbeat perception in patients with medically unexplained symptoms reduces symptom distressManuela Schaefer
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany Electronic address
Biol Psychol 101:69-76. 2014..These findings suggest a relation between lower interoceptive accuracy and the perception of bodily symptoms in somatoform disorders. ..
- What predicts outcome, response, and drop-out in CBT of depressive adults? a naturalistic studyAmrei Schindler
Department of Psychology, University of Mainz, 55122 Mainz, Germany
Behav Cogn Psychother 41:365-70. 2013..The efficacy of CBT for unipolar depressive disorders is well established, yet not all patients improve or tolerate treatment...
- Rasch scalability of the somatosensory amplification scale: a mixture distribution approachFabian Jasper
Department of Clinical Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany
J Psychosom Res 74:469-78. 2013..We applied the Somatosensory Amplification Scale (SSAS) in an Internet sample of young adults (N=3031) to test whether the SSAS is Rasch scalable...
- The relations between social anxiety and social intelligence: a latent variable analysisSandra Hampel
Institute of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 55122 Mainz, Germany
J Anxiety Disord 25:545-53. 2011..24; p<0.05). Results suggest small to medium sized relationships between specific facets of social anxiety and certain domains of SI. Therapeutic implications for socially anxious individuals concerning SI are discussed...
- Cognitive-behavioral and pharmacological interventions for premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder: a meta-analysisMaria Kleinstäuber
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Wallstr 3, 55122 Mainz, Germany
J Clin Psychol Med Settings 19:308-19. 2012..For both cognitive-behavioral interventions and serotonergic antidepressants, efficacy in treatment of PMS was found to not be satisfactory. Future research should possibly focus more on a combination of both approaches...
- Modifying the implicit illness-related self-concept in patients with somatoform disorders may reduce somatic symptomsKathrin Riebel
Department of Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 55099, Mainz, Germany
Int J Behav Med 21:861-8. 2014..Recent evidence  suggests that patients with SFDs have a stronger implicit illness-related self-concept, which is related to the experience of medically unexplained symptoms...
- Implicit affective evaluation bias in hypochondriasis: findings from the Affect Misattribution ProcedureFranziska Schreiber
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
J Anxiety Disord 28:671-8. 2014..Thus, an implicit negative affective evaluation bias of serious illnesses rather than symptoms is a unique feature of HYP. ..
- Health anxiety--an indicator of higher interoceptive sensitivity?Susann Krautwurst
Department of Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany Electronic address
J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry 45:303-9. 2014..Consequently, higher levels of interoceptive accuracy might be critically involved in the development of health anxiety...
- Benchmarking of cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression in efficacy and effectiveness studies--how do exclusion criteria affect treatment outcome?Amrei C Schindler
Department of Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
Psychother Res 21:644-57. 2011..This study evaluated the effects of naturalistic depression therapies and benchmarked them with published RCTs...
- Is interoceptive awareness really altered in somatoform disorders? Testing competing theories with two paradigms of heartbeat perceptionManuela Schaefer
Department of Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany
J Abnorm Psychol 121:719-24. 2012..These findings are in line with recent cognitive approaches to SFDs that stress the importance of biased schema-guided processing of interoceptive information...
- Efficacy of short-term psychotherapy for multiple medically unexplained physical symptoms: a meta-analysisMaria Kleinstäuber
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Wallstr 3, D 55122 Mainz, Germany
Clin Psychol Rev 31:146-60. 2011..Implications of the results for clinical practice and future research are discussed...