The use of behavioral and cognitive techniques for treating depression has yielded exciting results. Research studies throughout the world have found that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is as effective in the short term as anti-depressant drugs and has longer-lasting effects than medication. The Psychological Treatment of Depression describes the wide range of cognitive behavioral techniques in great detail, enabling practitioners new to CBT to feel confident using them and those already using CBT to update their skills.
Since the publication of the first edition in 1984, which sold nearly 20,000 copies, extensive research has continued to be conducted on the outcome of cognitive therapy. In this second edition, the author discusses these recent advances and theories, and provides details of new techniques to use in an in-patient setting. He has also added an introductory chapter for readers who may be less familiar with issues relating to depression. Basic and clear, the text contains explicit case studies, sample dialogues, checklists, and other helpful aids. The book is a highly effective working manual--a field guide for all mental health practitioners in any discipline who want to incorporate the successful methods of CBT into their work with depressed patients.