The potential of psychological interventions to improve quality of life and mood in muscle disorders

Christopher D. Graham, Zachary Simmons, Simon R. Stuart, Michael R. Rose

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Quality of life (QoL) and mood are reduced in many patients with muscle disorders. Psychological variables appear to be contributors to both QoL and mood, suggesting that psychological interventions could improve these outcomes, yet research in this area is sparse. We review the roles of psychological variables, plus context and disease severity, in explaining QoL. A cognitive-behavioral model of disease self-management, with acceptance as the central component, is discussed. This model is then used to describe how psychological interventions derived from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), in particular Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), might be applied to address the issues of distress, nonadherence to treatments, pain, and fatigue in people with muscle disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)

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