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Category: Depression

Behavioral Activation Tip

Depressed clients often isolate themselves from others and withdraw from life. To counter the isolation and withdrawal common to depression, therapists can introduce behavioral activation. This strategy entails getting clients more active and involved in life by scheduling activities that have the potential to improve their mood.

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An Introduction to the Suicide Mode

CBT for Suicide Prevention By Marjan Ghahramanlou-Holloway, PhD In 1996, Aaron Beck proposed the concept of “modes” to describe the “synchronous interactions” among the cognitive, affective, physiological, motivational, and behavioral systems of personality. To understand the construct of the suicide mode, consider the case of Richard, a 25-year-old graduate student with recurrent depression. Richard discovers shortly after the New Year that he has failed his comprehensive exams. The example below illustrates…
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Depression and Chronic Illness

CBT for Medical Conditions By Norman Cotterell, PhD Depression is sometimes regarded as the common cold of psychiatric conditions. It is a debilitating condition, sapping individuals of their desire for life, for hope, for movement. This article will describe the negative effects depression has on chronic illness, how to recognize it, and how to encourage clients toward self-care. Aaron Beck’s cognitive therapy was developed specifically as a treatment for depression. When…
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How Cognitive Therapists Can Contribute to Patient Well-Being

CBT for Medical Conditions By Francine Broder, PsyD Patient adherence to treatment for type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems is a great source of concern for physicians.  Physicians often look to mental and behavioral health professionals to help care for their patients with chronic illnesses, while grappling with how to increase adherence to treatment. What are the possible obstacles patients face? The complexity of treatment can influence adherence.There may…
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A Unified Model of Depression: Integrating Clinical, Cognitive, Biological, and Evolutionary Perspectives

A Unified Model of Depression: Integrating Clinical, Cognitive, Biological, and Evolutionary Perspectives Aaron T. Beck and Keith Bredemeier  -  Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Abstract We propose that depression can be viewed as an adaptation to conserve energy after the perceived loss of an investment in a vital resource such as a relationship, group identity, or personal asset. Tendencies to process information negatively and experience strong biological reactions to…
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Cost-utility analyses of cognitive-behavioral therapy of depression: A systematic review

Abstract Background: Major depressive disorder (MDD) causes a massive disease burden worldwide. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an important treatment approach for depression. Cost-utility analysis (CUA) is a method to support decisions on efficient allocation of resources in health policy. The objective of our study was to systematically review CUA of CBT in the treatment of patients suffering from MDD. Methods: We conducted a systematic literature search in Medline, Embase,…
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