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A Brief History of Anxiety

The Invention of a Modern Malaise

November/December 2014
Life today is, in many ways, easier than it used to be. Therefore, shouldn’t we be less anxious than we once were?

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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Cure or Control?

Depression as a Chronic Condition

November/December 2014
Evidence continues to accumulate that many people with depression suffer bouts of it all their lives, even after a good response to therapy. So what if we give up the idea of cure and opt for the idea of management?

The CBT Path Out of Depression

Two Perspectives on How It Works

November/December 2014
While widely acknowledged to be the most empirically supported therapy ever invented, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often criticized for being too rigid and mechanical. Not so, say two of its foremost practitioners.

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.

In Consultation

The Many Guises of OCD

November/December 2014

Enduring recovery from obsessive compulsive disorder means riding out the demands of an inner bully.

Editor's Note

An adequate substitution for psychotherapy? Our Love Affair with Psychotropics

July/August 2014
In the age of Big Pharma, meds have flattened all before them in their virtual conquest of the mental health field. Over the years, antidepressants have come to be sold as virtual panaceas for just about any emotional trouble to which humans are prone. According to many observers, however, these drugs are wildly overprescribed, often for conditions that wouldn’t be captured even in DSM’s ever more capacious net.
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Falling in Love Again

A Brief History of Psychoactive Drugs

July/August 2014
Over the last 150 years, we’ve seen waves of mass infatuations with psychotropic drugs—antidepressants being the latest. While all these drugs are different, their story arc seems to follow a predictable course.
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SSRIs in Perspective

Have They Lived up to Their Promise?

July/August 2014
After wading through the controversies and contradictions in the research literature on SSRIs, a critic of Big Pharma explains why he thinks these drugs may have gotten a bad rap.
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