Beyond Depression: Towards a Process-Based Approach to Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Clinical Psychology: A Publication of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association
Short Title: Beyond Depression
Format: Journal Article
Sources ID: 23192
Zotero Collections: Contexts of Contemplation Project
Despite decades of research on the etiology and treatment of depression, a significant proportion of the population is affected by the disorder, fails to respond to treatment and is plagued by relapse. Six prominent scientists, Aaron Beck, Richard Davidson, Fritz Henn, Steven Maier, Helen Mayberg, and Martin Seligman, gathered to discuss the current state of scientific knowledge on depression, and in particular on the basic neurobiological and psychopathological processes at play in the disorder. These general themes were addressed: 1) the relevance of learned helplessness as a basic process involved in the development of depression; 2) the limitations of our current taxonomy of psychological disorders; 3) the need to work towards a psychobiological process-based taxonomy; and 4) the clinical implications of implementing such a process-based taxonomy.