This book addresses the use of psychodynamic psychotherapy, both alone and in combination with cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and medication treatments, as a method for reducing the psychological vulnerabilities that may predispose patients to persistent symptoms or recurrence of depression.
Psychodynamic Treatment of Depression addresses the use of psychodynamic psychotherapy, both alone and in combination with cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and medication treatments, as a method for reducing the psychological vulnerabilities that may predispose patients to persistent symptoms or recurrence of depression. Thoroughly revised and with new material, the second edition reflects changes codified in the DSM-5 classification and is intended for use by students, residents, or clinicians who are trained in the practice of psychotherapy. The authors' extensive clinical experience is thoroughly mined to provide techniques for tailoring the psychodynamic psychotherapeutic approach to patients with depression, and important topics such as narcissistic injury and vulnerability, guilt, defense mechanisms, and suicidality are addressed. The book is written in an accessible style and structured logically to support the acquisition and enhancement of psychotherapeutic skills through the systematic exploration of the psychodynamic model of depression.
The volume's noteworthy content and features are many: Just as patients' responses to medications vary, responses to particular therapeutic interventions are different in different patients. Accordingly, the authors locate psychodynamic psychotherapy within the context of current treatments for depression, including indications and contraindications. A multitude of detailed and compelling clinical vignettes clearly illustrate the dynamics and techniques and facilitate learning across diverse clinical roles and practice settings. A chapter on psychodynamic approaches to depression with comorbid personality disorder has been added to the new edition, because these disorders have been found to have an adverse effect on treatment outcome, including diminished response to antidepressants, reduced adherence to treatment, and longer time period to achieve remission.
There is a growing evidence base for the effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy, both alone and in tandem with other treatment modalities. Psychodynamic Treatment of Depression offers a robust model of psychodynamic therapy for depression and the detailed strategies and techniques clinicians need to improve outcomes with this significant patient group.
PART I: Introduction and OverviewChapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. Development of a Psychodynamic Model of DepressionChapter 3. Overview of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for DepressionPART II: Techniques in Psychodynamic Treatment of DepressionChapter 4. Getting Started With Psychodynamic Treatment of DepressionChapter 5. The Middle Phase of TreatmentChapter 6. Addressing Narcissistic VulnerabilityChapter 7. Addressing Angry Reactions to Narcissistic InjuryChapter 8. The Severe Superego and GuiltChapter 9. Idealization and DevaluationChapter 10. Defense Mechanisms in Depressed PatientsChapter 11. The Termination PhasePART III: Special TopicsChapter 12. Psychodynamic Approaches to Depression With Comorbid Personality DisorderChapter 13. Managing Impasses and Negative Reactions to TreatmentChapter 14. Psychodynamic Approaches to SuicidalityChapter 15. Use of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy With Other Treatment ApproachesIndex