This book introduces an approach to CBT for depression that integrates cognitive-behavioural models, evidence and therapies. Rooted in evidence-based practice and practically focused, it draws on components of first, second and third-wave CBT to help readers tailor therapy to the needs of individual clients. There is a particular focus on challenging presentations: the authors equip students with the skills to work with different depression sub-types, co-morbid disorders and a broad range of bio-psychosocial factors that can complicate depression and its therapy. Linking theory, evidence and case illustrations, the authors provide a wealth of practical tips that support clinical practice. In-depth cases studies and client contributions add further depth to this rich and stimulating book. This book is relevant to those taking postgraduate training courses in mental health such as CBT therapists, counsellors, nurses, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and psychiatrists.

Post-Traumatic Depression
Post-Traumatic Depression
Introduction

Traumatic events are extremely stressful and can have shocking, painful, disturbing and upsetting effects that, for some individuals, persist for a long time afterwards. Trauma is partly defined by objective events and partly by subjective reactions. For example, news reports of natural disasters or terrorist attacks describe objective threats to life and wellbeing. Survivors of such events can be highly traumatized, and it is understandable when they are. However, many people survive near-death experiences without feeling significantly shocked or traumatized: they recover normal functioning quite quickly. When two people experience a similar objective threat, one can be left traumatized, while the other is relatively unaffected. From a psychological perspective, it is an individual’s subjective experience (interpretation) that matters, not the objective ...

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