Significance of the Problem of Depression

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

Significance of the                             Problem of Depression

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Attempts to define treatment models that work for depression rest on two cardinal assumptions: that the condition(s) being treated is (are) in fact a recognizable and distinctive disorder (or set of disorders) and that the treatment offered for it (them) is reasonably specific to that disorder. However, both of these assumptions have been seriously questioned as they apply to depression. This chapter presents background material that will encourage the exploration of what is known about the first of these assumptions, that depression is a set of distinctive disorders. This exploration leads to consideration of the evidence that bears on the second assumption, that there is a well-defined, specific treatment for depression. In this way, a decision can be made as to whether the guidelines that are presented, based on principles of differential effect, are more or less useful than those based on assumptions about the specificity of depression and its treatment.

Keywords: treatment; treatment models; depression; distinctive disorders; guidelines; differential effect

Chapter.  8931 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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