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. 

Additional Psychiatric Disorders and Severely Distressed Close Relationships Associated with Depression

Additional psychiatric disorders and severely distressed close relationships associated with depression


In this chapter, we focus on two examples of “psychiatric comorbid conditions” that are frequently associated with depression. These examples are the association of anxiety disorders and alcohol abuse with depression. Many additional psychiatric disorders are often associated with depression, but a discussion of all of them would be far beyond the scope of this book. We also discuss the association of severe problems in close relationships with depression. DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000a) Axis I psychiatric disorders do not include “severe problems with close relationships,” but this is an important problem area that is frequently associated with depression. We thought that a brief ...

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