Identifying Processes That Maintain Depression: Strategies and Suggestions
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
© 2011 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 300–304, December 2011
How to Cite
Beevers, C. G. (2011), Identifying Processes That Maintain Depression: Strategies and Suggestions. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18: 300–304. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2011.01260.x
- Issue published online: 19 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
- Received September 19, 2011; accepted September 22, 2011.
- cognitive bias modification;
- interdisciplinary research;
[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 18: 300–304, 2011]
To improve our understanding of how to treat depression, an important step will be to identify processes that are causally implicated in the maintenance of the disorder. This could be achieved with longitudinal research or, more optimally, with randomized experiments that manipulate putative maintaining processes. This work would also ideally contribute to the development of models that integrate discoveries across levels of analysis (e.g., psychological, neural, genetic, behavioral). Conducting such interdisciplinary work is not easy, but it could facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of processes that maintain depression. Armed with this knowledge, synergistic treatments could then be developed to modify specific maintaining processes and alter the course of depression.