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Differences between autogenous and reactive obsessions in terms of metacognitions and automatic thoughts

Authors Keles Altun İ, Uysal E, Özkorumak Karagüzel E

Received 13 September 2017

Accepted for publication 26 October 2017

Published 12 December 2017 Volume 2017:13 Pages 2977—2985


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Roger Pinder

İlkay Keleş Altun,1 Emel Uysal,2 Evrim Özkorumak Karagüzel2

1Department of Psychiatry, Kanuni Research and Training Hospital, Trabzon, 2Department of Psychiatry, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey

Background: Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions have been classified as autogenous obsessions and reactive obsessions on the basis of the cognitive theory of Lee and Kwon. The aim of this study was to investigate the differences between autogenous groups (AG) and reactive groups (RG) in terms of metacognition and automatic thoughts, for the purpose of investigating the differences of cognitive appraisals.
Methods: One hundred and thirty-three patients diagnosed with OCD were included in the study as the patient group. A control group was formed of 133 age, gender and education-matched healthy individuals. The OCD group patients were separated into subgroups according to the primary obsessions. The sociodemographic data, and the Yale–Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale, Metacognition Questionnaire-30 (MCQ-30), Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire (ATQ), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) scores of the AG, RG, and control groups were compared.
Results: The MCQ-30 (total) and the subscales of MCQ-30 and ATQ scale points were seen to be significantly higher in the AG than in the RG and significantly higher in the RG than in the control group. In the reactive obsession group, the predictive variables of the ATQ points were determined to be MCQ-30 (total), BDI and BAI. In the autogenous obsession group, the predictive variables of the ATQ points were determined to be BDI and BAI.
Conclusion: In the current study, differences were determined between the AG and the RG in respect of metacognitions and automatic thoughts. In light of these results, the recommended grouping can be considered useful in the identification of OCD sub-types. There is a need for further studies to identify more homogenous sub-types of OCD. Future multi-centered studies of sub-typing with larger samples using more specific instruments to sub-type and dimensional evaluation will be useful for detailed evaluation and better understanding of the subject.

Keywords: obsessive compulsive disorder, autogenous, reactive, obsessions, metacognitions, automatic thoughts

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