Psychological Theories about the Causes of Depression

  • Kristina Downing-Orr


With so much research into the biological causes of depression, it might seem tempting to ignore the relevance of other theoretical perspectives. However, that would be shortsighted. The more traditional psychological theories, despite their many theoretical and methodological flaws, must also be considered. Because of the emotional bias so strongly associated with depression, psychological theories provide the basis for therapy and are profoundly influential in that regard. The aim of this chapter is to evaluate some of the more traditional and widespread theories as to the causes of depression. However, before introducing these therapies, I argue that it is more illuminating to group together some of the major theoretical limitations shared by these psychological explanations of depression.


Social Skill Negative Life Event Psychological Theory Depressed Individual Depressed People 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristina Downing-Orr
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  1. 1.OxfordEngland

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