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Treating Chronic Depression

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Beschreibung

Depressive illness often becomes chronic or recurrent, and patients may recover only partially. Despite all the new and effective drugs, at least 25 to 35 percent of patients with clear-cut mood disorders do not respond in a satisfactory way even though there can be some relief of symptoms. These chronically ill patients can be identified by careful examination and are characterized by what Badal calls a ",predicament.", The predicament is caused by a combination of two factors: an intolerably painful and troublesome relationship with a significant other, and a personality deficit that prevents the patient from solving that relationship problem in an acceptable way. When patients do not respond to treatment and their cases become chronic, the doctor-patient relationship must become a long-term therapeutic alliance. The personality problems may require intensive psychodynamic treatment. Combined treatment-i.e., medication, psychosocial intervention, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation-is commonly required for these patients.The appropriate use of medication often makes it possible to conduct a successful psychotherapy. In identifying the problems causing the basic predicament of these chronic patients and successfully bringing them back into the mainstream, psychotherapists should have access to enough details and general principles of pharmacotherapy to evaluate the progress and the effects of the medication, and allow them to communicate intelligently with the person prescribing.Badal addresses five areas of treatment with these cases: The doctor-patient relationship, pharmacological treatment, psychosocial interventions, psychotherapeutic programs, and rehabilitation. He formulates an approach to recognition and treatment of all the various types of these hard-to-treat chronic and refractory mood disorders. A Jason Aronson Book

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By Daniel W. Badal



Inhalt

Part 1 PART I: The Predicament and Its Effect on Chronicity
Chapter 2 The Predicament-Evolution of the Concept
Chapter 3 Definitions and Clinical Descriptions of Chronic
Chapter 4 Chronicity in Practice
Chapter 5 Review of the Current Literature on Chronicity in Mood Disorders
Chapter 6 Identifying the Predicament Using the Multiaxial System of DSM-IV
Part 7 PART II: Treatment of Chronic and Refractory Mood Disorders
Chapter 8 Treatment Principles and Methods for Chronic Mood Disorders
Chapter 9 Case Examples of the Treatment of Chronic Mood Disorders
Part 10 Summary and Conclusions
Part 11 Appendix I. Medications Currently Used for Treatment of Mood Disorders
Part 12 Appendix II. Example of Documentation for Gaining Approval for a Program of Rehabilitation of a Patient with a Chronic Mood Disorder
Part 13 Appendix III. Annotated Bibliography

Produktinformationen

Titel: Treating Chronic Depression
Untertitel: Psychotherapy and Medication
Autor:
EAN: 9781461662549
ISBN: 978-1-4616-6254-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Jason Aronson, Inc.
Genre: Psychologie
Anzahl Seiten: 271
Veröffentlichung: 01.03.2003
Jahr: 2003
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.8 MB
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