Cognitive Treatment of Depression

  • J. M. G. Williams
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Something over 150 different psychotherapies for emotional disturbances exist. In the light of this it is important to retain perspective in evaluating the significance of any new therapy. Cognitive-behavior therapy deserves our attention because its efficacy has been studied more systematically than most forms of psychotherapy for clinical depression. Not only has it been compared with other forms of psychological treatment (e.g., psychodynamic approaches and relaxation; McLean & Hakstian, 1979) but also compared with the most commonly used physical treatment: antidepressant medication, (Blackburn, Bishop, Glen, Whalley, & Christie, 1981; McLean & Hakstian, 1979; Murphy, Simons, Wetzel, & Lustman, 1984; Rush et al., 1977).


Cognitive Behavior Therapy Depressed Patient Beck Depression Inventory Cognitive Therapy Autobiographical Memory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. G. Williams
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  1. 1.MRC Applied Psychology UnitCambridgeEngland

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