Techniques Concept of depression

Depression is defined as a medical illness, a treatable condition that is not the patient's fault. This definition of depression tends to displace the guilt of the depressed patient from the patient herself to the illness, making the symptoms egodystonic and discrete. It also provides the hope of response to treatment. The therapist uses diagnostic manuals such as DSM-IV or ICD-10, and rating scales such as the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale or Beck Depression Inventory, to help the patient recognize that he or she is dealing with a common malady—not the personal failing or weakness that the depressed patient often believes to be the problem.

To implement this approach, IPT therapists formally give depressed patients the 'sick role', excusing them from what their illness prevents them from doing, but also obliging them to work as patients in order to ultimately recover the healthy role they have lost.

Breaking Bulimia

Breaking Bulimia

We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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