November/December 2014

Editor's Note

Depression, the most important public health issue in the world.

November/December 2014

Do therapists have a responsibility to educate people about society's role in generating unprecedented levels of depression?

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The Depression Epidemic

Can Mood Science Save Us?

November/December 2014
It’s time to get beyond simplistic notions about “chemical imbalances” and finally reckon with how deeply rooted depression is in the uncertainties and false values of our 21st-century consumer culture.
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A Brief History of Anxiety

The Invention of a Modern Malaise

November/December 2014
Life today is, in many ways, easier than it used to be. Therefore, shouldn’t we be less anxious than we once were?

Out of the Tunnel

Escaping the Trance of Depression

November/December 2014
Depressed clients repeat the same thoughts, activities, feelings, and experiences again and again, as if entranced. Good depression treatment is largely about awakening them from this bad trance.
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Cure or Control?

Depression as a Chronic Condition

November/December 2014
Evidence continues to accumulate that many people with depression suffer bouts of it all their lives, even after a good response to therapy. So what if we give up the idea of cure and opt for the idea of management?

The CBT Path Out of Depression

Two Perspectives on How It Works

November/December 2014
While widely acknowledged to be the most empirically supported therapy ever invented, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often criticized for being too rigid and mechanical. Not so, say two of its foremost practitioners.

The Power of Small Changes

A Step-by-Step Approach to Treating Depression: An Interview with Judith Beck

November/December 2014
Relapse prevention begins in the first session, when we tell clients that we want to help them become their own therapists.

The Power of How

Helping Depressed Clients Make Better Choices: An Interview with Michael Yapko

November/December 2014
One of the most useful ways of understanding depression is the stress generation model, based on the idea that depressed people need better skills and resources for managing life challenges so that they don’t wind up feeling trapped and victimized in their own lives.

Clinician's Digest

The Many Faces of Domestic Violence

November/December 2014
The Ray Rice case evokes a discussion of the many faces of domestic violence.

In Consultation

The Many Guises of OCD

November/December 2014

Enduring recovery from obsessive compulsive disorder means riding out the demands of an inner bully.

Case Study

Get Out of My Life! Working with Cut-off Family Members in the Consulting Room

November/December 2014

Helping families heal cutoffs is painstakingly delicate work, with a high risk for stumbling over buried land mines.

Point of View

The Malleability of Memory: Putting Psychotherapy on the Witness Stand

November/December 2014

During the false memory controversies of the 1990s, many therapists saw Elizabeth Loftus, one of the most honored psychologists in the history of the field, as public-enemy number one.

Bookmarks

Face to Face: Virtual reality is no substitute for the real deal

November/December 2014
Review of: The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter

Research increasingly shows that screen time is no substitute for old-fashioned human contact.

Family Matters

Rocking On! From grief to rebirth

November/December 2014
A daughter marvels as her mother goes from grief to an exuberant rebirth.
November/December 2014
Depression Unmasked
Exposing a Hidden Epidemic