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(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists 

(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists
(p. 1) Introductory Information for Therapists

Steven A. Safren

, Jeffrey S. Gonzalez

, and Nafisseh Soroudi

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date: 01 April 2020

Chapter 1 presents introductory information for therapists regarding the cognitive-behavioral treatment for both depression and adherence in individuals living with both a chronic illness and depression. This includes discussions on why depression and chronic medical illness often overlap, the effects of depression on adherence to medical and self-care behaviors, and how depression comorbid with a chronic illness is impairing. Different types of depression are outlined (major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, bipolar spectrum disorders), as well are the development and evidence base of the treatment program and the use of CBT to treat depression. The role of medication in the treatment program is also discussed.

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