Essentials of Treatment Guidelines

Larry E. Beutler, John F. Clarkin and Bruce Bongar

in Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105308
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848522 | DOI:

Series: Guidebooks in Clinical Psychology

Essentials of Treatment                             Guidelines

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This introductory chapter presents some of the definitions and uses of treatment guidelines and outlines the intentions in writing the set of guidelines for systematic treatment selection. General treatment guidelines are designed to assist physicians, mental health professionals, and other primary care providers in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral disorders. In the area of mood disorders, guidelines are intended to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of major depression and are based on the assumption that mental health professionals who use the guidelines will be aware of emerging scientific knowledge and new research findings and will use this information to modify and refine the guidelines to make them applicable to individual cases. These assumptions are exemplified in the American Psychiatric Association's consensual guidelines for the treatment of major depressive disorder. This document states that the articulated principles are intended to be used as guidelines only, not as dictums.

Keywords: definitions; treatment; guidelines; mood disorders; depression; American Psychiatric Association; behavioral disorders; diagnosis

Chapter.  7422 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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