Every health care provider and mental health professional will encounter clients struggling with depression, yet many of these professionals don’t receive a thorough grounding on theory, research, and clinical guidelines regarding depression, and those who do sometimes have trouble keeping abreast of the literature (a literature that includes over 60,000 empirical publications since 1980!). This book provides a handy reference for such practitioners. This brief, practical guide provides an introduction or refresher on depression that is research-based yet accessible, practical, and easy to read and consult. 




We begin this chapter with a case study. We focus the remainder of the chapter primarily on the two psychotherapies for adult depression that have enjoyed the most empirical support: cognitive behavior therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. We briefly discuss several additional psychotherapy interventions for depression, however, that have evidenced promising but less extensive empirical support: problem-solving therapy, behavior therapy (without a cognitive emphasis), behavioral marital therapy, systems and family therapy, coping-skills training, and brief psychodynamic therapy. We then present clinical guidelines, and we conclude with a chapter summary and suggested readings.

Case Study

This depressed patient is participating in psychotherapy at her university's counseling center. She is in her fourth session of treatment, which includes some cognitive behavior therapy. The patient is a graduate student, and ...

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