AP7_Lecture_Ch09

AP7_Lecture_Ch09 - Treatments for Mood Disorders Chapter 9...

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Comer,  Abnormal Psychology , 7e Slides & Handouts by Karen Clay Rhines, Ph.D. Northampton Community College Treatments for Mood  Disorders Chapter 9
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2 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Treatments for Mood Disorders Mood disorders – as painful and disabling as they  tend to be – respond more successfully to more kinds  of treatments than do most other forms of  psychological dysfunction This range of treatment options has been a source of  reassurance and hope for the millions of people who desire  to regain some measure of control over their moods
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3 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Treatments for Unipolar Depression Approximately one-third of people with  unipolar depression (major depressive or  dysthymic disorder) enter treatment in a given  year In addition, many other people in therapy  experience depressed feelings as part of another  disorder – thus, much of the therapy being  administered today is for unipolar depression
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4 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Treatments for Unipolar Depression A variety of treatment approaches are  currently in widespread use  These can be divided into psychological,  sociocultural, and biological approaches
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5 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Treatments for Unipolar Depression:  Psychological Approaches Psychological treatments used most often to combat  unipolar depression come from three main models: Psychodynamic – Widely used despite no strong research  evidence of its effectiveness Behavioral – Primarily used for mild or moderate  depression but practiced less than in past decades Cognitive – Has performed so well in research that it has a  large and growing clinical following
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6 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Treatments for Unipolar Depression:  Psychological Approaches Psychodynamic therapy Believing that unipolar depression results from  unconscious grief over real or imagined losses,  compounded by excessive dependence on other people,  psychodynamic therapists seek to bring these issues into  consciousness and work through them Psychodynamic therapists use the same basic procedures  for all psychological disorders: Free association Therapist interpretation Review of past events and feelings
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7 Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7e Treatments for Unipolar Depression:  Psychological Approaches Psychodynamic therapy Despite successful case reports, researchers have found that long-term  psychodynamic therapy is only occasionally helpful in cases of  unipolar depression Two features may be particularly limiting: Depressed clients may be too passive or weary to fully participate in  clinical discussions
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AP7_Lecture_Ch09 - Treatments for Mood Disorders Chapter 9...

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