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Category: Depression

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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Effect of a Cognitive-Behavioral Prevention Program on Depression 6 Years After Implementation Among At-Risk Adolescents A Randomized Clinical Trial

Effect of a Cognitive-Behavioral Prevention Program on Depression 6 Years After Implementation Among At-Risk Adolescents A Randomized Clinical Trial Importance Adolescents whose parents have a history of depression are at risk for developing depression and functional impairment. The long-term effects of prevention programs on adolescent depression and functioning are not known. Objective To determine whether a cognitive-behavioral prevention (CBP) program reduced the incidence of depressive episodes, increased depression-free days, and…
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CBT and Mindfulness for Depression

CBT and Mindfulness for Depression by Robert Hindman, PhD Clinical Psychologist at Beck Institute Mindfulness-based interventions have been becoming more popular in psychotherapy. One such treatment, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), has specifically been developed to prevent relapse in clients who have experienced recurrent major depressive episodes (Segal, Williams, & Teasdale, 2001).  We have incorporated mindfulness strategies into our work at the Beck Institute. Instead of thinking about mindfulness-based interventions as…
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