Depression Vs Moderate Depression

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When an individual experience’s a negative or tragic event at some point in life it can seriously disturbs one’s mood and leads to a brief period where one feels constantly down, gloomy and sad. For instance. the death of a loved one, an accident or a debilitating natural catastrophe is always followed by a grieving period which is normal. Some people successfully transition out off the sad mood after a while but for some it becomes an inevitable experience that persists, and it becomes difficult to pull oneself out of it. These individuals lose interest in activities, are unresponsive to major life events and experience severe distress and inability to handle daily tasks, regulate their mood and behaviour. It also leads to problems in occupational,…show more content…
The researchers identified two trajectory classes where participants were categorized into moderate or severe depression groups based on the severity of symptoms (p.1000) It was observed that medication produces quicker results in participants suffering from moderate and severe depression but when the treatment ended participants reverted to their old state. For the group diagnosed with moderate depression, medication was better than CBT at 6 months but there was no difference among the treatments at 12 months (p.1001). While for participants in the severe depression group, both treatments had similar effects at 6 months and at one year the group treated with medication got worse (due to discontinuation of treatment) but the group receiving CBT managed to sustain the clinical gains even after end of treatment. The researchers explained that participants who received CBT showed signs of improvement throughout the treatment and had long lasting effects. It was conferred that CBT was a better treatment option considering its long-term benefits. It is because CBT helps participants develop the necessary coping skills required to combat depression and teaches them to retain the adaptive skills even after the treatment has ended. The results also indicated that participants who were treated with CBT were less likely to replace when compared to the…show more content…
The researchers utilized the phase model for NT and the typical manual for CBT to determine if the amount of time required to observe a clinical significant difference among the treatments (p.99). The phase model was composed of three stages; remoralization, remediation and rehabilitation. The three stages focused on treating depression at symptomatic level and after their successfully completion the focus of the treatment was shifted to the interpersonal domain (p.98). The results indicated that the amount of time required for improvement was same for both the treatments and a significantly higher and quicker rate of improvement was observed in the depressive symptoms

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