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Page Background European Psychiatry 41S (2017) S106–S169

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25th European Congress of Psychiatry

e-Poster Walk Part 1

e-Poster walk: Anxiety disorders and somatoform



Fear crush: Effect of an interventional

program for elementary school

children with performance anxiety

J. Benevides

1 ,

, C. Barreto Carvalho


, M.D.C. Salvador



A.F. Macedo



Universidade dos Ac¸ ores, Psychology, Ponta Delgada, Portugal


University of Azores, Azores, Portugal, Cognitive and Behavioral

Center for Research and Intervention, CINEICC, Psychology, Ponta

Delgada, Portugal


Cognitive and Behavioral Center for Research and Intervention,

CINEICC, Faculty of Psychology and education sciences, University of

Coimbra, Psychology and education sciences, Coimbra, Portugal


University of Coimbra, Medical Psychology Service, Faculty of

Medicine, Coimbra, Portugal

Corresponding author.

The prevalence of mental disorders in Portugal is 23%. Of these,

anxiety disorders are most prevalent. Given these data, the devel-

opment and implementation of remediate programs in general

takes urgent character, especially in the younger population,

where it is estimated that one in every five children suffer from

some mental disorder. Given the lack of intervention programs

in performance anxiety, we propose the development and imple-

mentation of a group program for elementary school children,

targeting both the improvement and possible recovery of this

condition as a means of reducing school failure in these chil-

dren. In this program the following aspects will be addressed:

the study and regulation of emotions; perceptions of self-efficacy;

and therapeutic strategies based on third generation of cogni-

tive behavior therapy–acceptance and commitment therapy. As

a non-randomized controlled study, this project involves the

development, implementation and validation of the intervention

program. To this end, an assessment protocol will be administered

to both control and experimental groups. This latter protocol will be

administered at three different times: before and after implemen-

tation of the program and as a follow-up evaluation 6 months later.

This program aims to promote emotional regulation in children

with performance anxiety and, concurrently, to improve chances

for their possible recovery as well as the reduction of significant

school failure rates among Azorean children. The implementation

of this therapeutic group intervention program with elementary

school childrenmay also prevent later interventions in other health

and educational settings.

Disclosure of interest

The authors have not supplied their decla-

ration of competing interest.


Psychological interventions for

psychogenic non-epileptic seizures:

A meta-analysis

P. Carlson

Central West Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orange,


Introduction and objective

Psychological interventions for psy-

chogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) show promising results.

The aim of this meta-analysis is to evaluate and synthesize the

available evidence from the previous 20 years regarding the utility

of psychological interventions in the management of PNES.


Studies were retrieved from MEDLINE via OvidSP and

PsychINFO. Selection criteria included controlled and before-

after non-controlled studies including case series, using seizure

frequency as an outcome measurement. Studies were required

to assess one or more types of psychological intervention for

the treatment of PNES in adults. Data from 13 eligible studies

was pooled to examine the effectiveness of psychological inter-

ventions in treating PNES on two primary outcomes: seizure

reduction of

50% and seizure freedom. A meta-analysis was

conducted with data extracted from 228 participants with



Interventions reviewed in the analysis included CBT, psy-

chodynamic therapy, paradoxical intention therapy, mindfulness,

psychoeducation and eclectic interventions. Meta-analysis synthe-

sized data from 13 studies with a total of 228 participants with

PNES, of varied gender and age. Results showed 82% of people

with PNES who complete psychotherapy experience a reduction in

seizures of

50%. Additional meta-analysis synthesized data from

10 studies with a total of 137 participants with PNES. This analysis

found 47% of people with PNES are seizure free upon completion

of a psychological intervention.


The studies identified were diverse in nature and

quality. Findings highlight the potential for psychological inter-

ventions as a favorable alternative to the current lack of treatment

options offered to people with PNES.