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July/August 2018

July/August 2018
We may look back on June 2018 as a tide-turning moment in public awareness of severe depression for reasons virtually all of us hate. In this issue, we illuminate the dark, often terrifying inner world of depression, and explore the widespread yet little-understood phenomenon of recurrent depression.
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In the Shadow of Depression

How Can We Manage to Stay Well?

July/August 2018
Most clinicians know that if a person has suffered one bout of serious depression, he or she is much more vulnerable to another one. But most therapists still don’t address a vital question with their clients—how can they stay well once their most recent bout of misery has ended and they’ve left therapy?
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A Journey Through Fire

Surviving When Your Self Is in Ashes

July/August 2018
At its worst, depression extinguishes your inner pilot light, depriving you of the substrate that makes you feel real. Sufferers complain of living in a fog, unable to think, remember, or focus. The qualities that constitute “you” become peripheral. The password has changed, and access is denied.

Out of the Tunnel

Escaping the Trance of Depression

November/December 2014
Depressed clients repeat the same thoughts, activities, feelings, and experiences again and again, as if entranced. Good depression treatment is largely about awakening them from this bad trance.
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The Power of Small Changes

A Step-by-Step Approach to Treating Depression: An Interview with Judith Beck

November/December 2014
Relapse prevention begins in the first session, when we tell clients that we want to help them become their own therapists.

The Power of How

Helping Depressed Clients Make Better Choices: An Interview with Michael Yapko

November/December 2014
One of the most useful ways of understanding depression is the stress generation model, based on the idea that depressed people need better skills and resources for managing life challenges so that they don’t wind up feeling trapped and victimized in their own lives.

Deconstructing Depression

A Therapeutic Road Map for Effective Treatment

November/December 2010
Depression is an ill-defined diagnosis encompassing conditions with a variety of underlying causes. Recognizing different forms of depression is the key to initiating effective treatment.

A Melancholy of Mine Own

Communicating the Uncommunicable Reality of Depression

July/August 2001
Perhaps depression is simply hard to convey--even, as Styron says, "indescribable." But I'd like to suggest another possibility: That what we call "depression," like the mythical black bile, is a chimera. That it is cobbled together of so many different parts, causes, experiences, and affects as to render the word ineffectual and perhaps even noxious to a full, true narrative.

Finding Daylight

Mindful Recovery from Depression

January/February 2008
There's increasing evidence that mindfulness helps depressed people fight relapse.

Clinician's Digest

A Battle for the APA's Soul

January/February 2008
Controversy at APA * Motivating the Depressed Client * Educational Videos for Babies Flunk * Different Alcoholics, Different Treatments * Does Therapy Breed Isolation? * Exercise Outraces Depression
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