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By: Peter J. Bieling, Irena Milosevic & Randi E. McCabe

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 29: Groups for Depression

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Groups for Depression
Groups for depression
Peter J. BielingIrena MilosevicRandi E. McCabe

In the United States, approximately 16.6% of people will experience clinical depression at some point in their life (Kessler et al., 2005). This highly prevalent and recurrent psychiatric disorder affects 121 million people worldwide (Murthy et al., 2001) and causes more disability than any other mental illness. Depression is associated with substantial impairments in multiple domains of functioning (e.g., Hays, Wells, Sherbourne, Rogers, & Spritzer, 1995) and in quality of life (Rapaport, Clary, Fayyad, & Endicott, 2005). It is currently ranked as the third worldwide contributor to the burden of disease, as assessed by disability adjusted life years (DALYs), although it occupies first place in middle- and high-income countries. It is expected that depression ...

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