Cognitive Therapy Versus Narrative Therapy For Depression Essay

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Cognitive Therapy versus Narrative Therapy for Depression
One of the most common reasons adolescents seek treatment is because of depression. According to the literature on adolescent depression, some adolescents are more susceptible to to depression due to genetic predisposition and exposure to significant negative life events (Spirito, et al., 2011). In adolescents prone to depression, stress, typically from an interpersonal conflict, may initially produce a depressive episode (Spirito, et al., 2011). The research indicates that when an adolescent is under stress, cognitive errors (e.g., catastrophizing, personalization) and negative views of self and the future may occur (Spirito, et al., 2011). In addition to cognitively distorting the severity and consequences of the stressor, predisposed youth may also experience difficulties finding solutions to the stressor and according to Spirito, et al. (2011) this difficulty in cognitive processing and problem-solving can result in negative mood and the development of maladaptive behavior, such as cutting, as a means to cope with the stressor. CBT is one useful intervention for depression and self-injurious behavior as its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people 's difficulties so as to change the way they feel.
Cognitive Therapy for Depression in Adolescents
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been the most widely researched psychotherapy approach to treating depression in…

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