Pre-conference Day 2: Parallel Workshop # 3: FROM ANXIETY THROUGH PSYCHODRAMA TO SPONTANEITY: IS PSYCHODRAMA AN EFFECTIVE METHOD IN THE THERAPY OF PANIC DISORDER? Galabina Tarashoeva, MD, PhD (Bulgaria)
Dr. Galabina Tarashoeva, MD, PhD, will be presenting on the stage in Sofia, Bulgaria. The experience will include everyone - the group, attending in Sofia, and all of the participants, joining individually from various locations around the world.
Galabina Tarashoeva, MD, PhD,
Petra Marinova – Djambazova, MD, PhD
Psychodrama Center & Psychiatric Practice Orpheus
Medical University Sofia, department of Psychiatry
Membership: IAGP, FEPTO, BSPGT, BAP, BMU
Abstract of paper presentation
English language, number of participants – no limit, Psychodrama
Keywords: psychodrama, spontaneity, anxiety, research, test, panic disorder
The results of our rеsearch “Some aspects of effectiveness of psychodrama therapy with
patients with panic disorder” show that psychodrama is an effective method for reduction of
anxiety and increase of spontaneity; and these effects continue for 6 months after completing
the course of treatment. We found a statistically significant
negative correlation between changes in spontaneity and anxiety values for all subjects.
Increased spontaneity was also associated with an increase in mental well-being,
improvement in overall clinical outcome and function, reduction of problems / symptoms in
patients with panic disorder. Our results support Morenos thesis that spontaneity and anxiety
can exist within the same person, but not at the same time, nor within the same situation
(Moreno, 1964); and fully confirm the results of professor David Kipper, proving a positive
correlation between measured spontaneity and well-being, self-efficacy and self-esteem, and
a negative correlation between spontaneity and anxiety, stress, and obsessive-compulsive
tendencies (Christoporou & Kipper, 2006; Kipper et al. 2008; 2009).
Moreno explores spontaneity with active methods such as the Spontaneity Test
(Moreno, 1944), while professor David Kipper creates an instrument called SAI-R
(Spontaneity Assessment Inventory), a self-report, special questionnaire to measure
spontaneity (Kipper et al., 2008), validated in many languages, including Bulgarian (Testoni
et al., 2013).
The participants will learn about the story and the concept of creation of this research, the
used instruments and the results of it.