Depression Causes and Treatment

ISBN-10: 0812219643
ISBN-13: 9780812219647
Edition: 2nd 2009
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List price: $27.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 2/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

More than forty years ago, Dr. Aaron T. Beck's pioneering Depression: Causes and Treatment presented the first comprehensive account of all aspects of depression and introduced cognitive therapy to health care providers and patients struggling with one of the most common and devastating diseases of the modern age. Since that classic text first appeared, the appreciation of the multifaceted nature of mood disorders has grown, and the phenomenological and biological aspects of psychology are increasingly seen as intertwined. Taking these developments into account, Beck and his colleague Brad A. Alford have written a second edition of Depression that will help patients and caregivers understand depression as a cognitive disability. The new edition of Depression builds on the original research and approach of the definitive first edition, including the tests of Freud's theory that led to a new system of psychological theory and therapy, one that addresses the negative schema and automatic thoughts that can trap people in painful emotional states. Beck and Alford examine selected scientific tests and randomized controlled trials that have enhanced the cognitive approach since the time it was first introduced. Incorporating accepted changes in the definitions and categories of the various mood disorders into its discussion, Depression addresses the treatment role of revolutionary drugs, such as the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in relation to cognitive approaches. Beck and Alford explore research on neurotrophic and neurogenesis theories of depression. They also report on advances in psychosocial treatment of depression, including the value of cognitive therapy in the prevention of relapse.

A native of Rhode Island, Aaron Beck had an early interest in psychology. After graduating from Brown University, he embarked on a career in medicine at Yale University with the intention of specializing in psychiatry. Dissatisfied with classical psychoanalysis, he turned to modified psychoanalytic approaches and was particularly influenced by ego psychology advanced by Rapaport. Ego psychology directed his interest in cognition, and over time Beck abandoned the psychoanalytic framework and formulated his own cognitive theory-behavior therapy for patients with depression and other psychiatric disorders. He developed numerous measurement scales, including the Beck Depression Inventory, the Beck Hopelessness Scale, and the Self-Concept Test, which are widely used as diagnostic and research tools in the field. Beck continues to teach, consult, and write about the use of cognitive therapy in treating emotional disorders and other problems.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Clinical Aspects of Depression
The Definition of Depression
Symptomatology of Depression
Course and Prognosis
Classifying Mood Disorders
Psychotic vs. Nonpsychotic Depression
Bipolar Disorders
Involutional Depression
Schizoaffective Disorder
Experimental Aspects of Depression
Biological Studies of Depression
Psychological Studies: Tests of Psychoanalysis
Theoretical Aspects of Depression
Theories of Depression
Cognition and Psychopathology
Development of Depression
Treatment of Depression
Somatic Therapy
Psychotherapy
Evaluating Depression Treatments

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