Clinical Neuroscience

Modern health worries in patients with affective disorders. A pilot study

FREYLER Anett1, SIMOR Péter2, SZEMERSZKY Renáta3, SZABOLCS Zsuzsanna1, KÖTELES Ferenc3

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Clinical Neuroscience - 2019;72(09-10)


Background - Modern health worries (MHWs) are asso­ciated with various indicators of negative affect, conspiracy theories, and paranormal beliefs in healthy individuals. Purpose - The current pilot study aimed to assess MHWs and indicators of negative affect in patients with affective disorders (N = 66), as well as the possible associations between MHWs and paranoid and schizophrenic tendencies. Results - Compared to somatic patients, psychiatric patients showed higher levels of MHWs, somatosensory amplification, health anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Medium level associations between MHWs and paranoid (r = 0.35, p < 0.01) and schizophrenic (r = 0.37, p < 0.01) tendencies were also revealed. Somatosensory amplification (β = 0.452, p < 0.001) and paranoia (β = 0.281, p < 0.01) significantly contributed to MHWs in multiple linear regression analysis (R2 = 0.323, p < 0.001). Discussion - High (i.e. pathological) levels of negative affect can impact a number of related characteristics. Non-pathological paranoid tendencies might contribute to MHWs. The identification of paranoid tendencies seems to be relevant for the treatment of psychiatric patients exhibiting MHWs. Conclusion - Patients with affective disorders are characterized by higher levels of modern health worries, health anxiety, and somatosensory amplification. Modern health worries are associated with paranoid tendencies.


  1. Doctoral School of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University; Institute of Health Promotion and Sport Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
  2. Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
  3. Institute of Health Promotion and Sport Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest



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