Psychological therapies for depression

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  • Psychological therapies
    • CBT (Beck)
      • Thought catching
        • Irrational thoughts and beliefs are disputed
      • Behavioural actions
        • Cognitive obstacles that stopped them doing something that was once pleasurable
      • Effective treatment for many disorders
      • Superior to no treatment
      • Successful for many client groups
      • Versatile therapy
      • Not significantly more effective than placebo
    • PIT (Hobson)
      • Conversational model
        • Important because unlike other therapies it focuses on role of interpersonal relationships
      • Shared understanding, focus on different feelings and change
      • PIT & CBT equally effective at reducing severity
      • Even brief interventions are effective
      • Equivalent in terms of effectiveness to other therapies


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