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.
Chapter 2: Theories about Therapies for Depression
Theories about Therapies for Depression
In this chapter, we emphasize theories about therapies for depression. Because this book is a primer for practitioners, we believe that an emphasis on theories about therapies will be the most helpful approach to theory exposition. There are also many theories regarding the development and course of depression, but this vast literature is far beyond the scope of our brief primer. We focus on the two most investigated psychotherapies for depression, namely cognitive behavior therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. We also briefly mention theories on behavior therapy and pharmacotherapy. Clinical guidelines for practitioners regarding the use of cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, behavior therapy, and pharmacotherapy are provided in Chapters 10 and 11. We conclude this chapter ...