Recent research indicates that depression, once believed to be relatively benign, is highly recurrent and does not respond well to treatment. The goal of this book is to facilitate the development of more encompassing theories and more effective treatments for this disabling disorder by fostering dialogue and enhancing the integration of work across the boundaries of separate fields.
"This volume belongs on the shelves of all professionals who study or treat depression. At the very least, a reading of it will challenge any complacency about the surety of any narrow, sectarian approach to depression….the clinician or researcher will revise his or her hypotheses and will reach a deeper and more complete understanding of the problems under study. As a whole, the book is the first step toward the creation of a developmentally oriented, personality-based, integrative model of depression."
"Depression is a serious problem for sufferers and their families and poses many challenges for clinicians to whom they turn for help. The contributors…experts in their fields, have done an excellent job of overviewing what we know, identifying the gaps in our knowledge, and expressing the urgency with which these gaps need to be filled. This is a first-rate volume, integrating experimental, cognitive, psychodynamic, personality, developmental and neurobiological approaches. It promises to become a landmark in the field."
—J. Mark G. Williams
Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, UK
"…a milestone in theory, treatment and research on depression….The chapters offer an excellent overview of the state of the art…the editors, in their epilogue, build bridges among…different research traditions and therapeutic orientations, offering a unique and innovative integration. [It} will be indispensable for theoreticians and investigators as well as clinicians…."
Professor and Director, Sigmund-Freud Institute, Frankfurt
"…A breath of fresh air…addresses many of the central issues today in the understanding and treatment of depression…and does so in a way that is theoretically rich, clinically rich, and empirically sound. What is perhaps most important…is that [the book] situates depression in the context of personality--an old idea whose time has finally come. Yet it has done so in a way that is truly integrative and nonsectarian, cutting across the traditional lines of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and biological approaches, without lapsing into juxtaposition or a complacent 'let's all get along'… well worth reading and pondering, for anyone interested in the nature and treatment of depression."
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University
Contents: R.S. Wallerstein, Foreword. P. Luyten, S.J. Blatt, J. Corveleyn, Introduction. K. Demyttenaere, L. Van Oudenhove, J. De Fruyt, The Life Cycle of Depression. D. Hermans, F. Raes, P. Eelen, Mood and Memory: A Cognitve Psychology Perspective on Maintenance of Depressed Mood and Vulnerability for Relapse. P. Luyten, S.J. Blatt, J. Corveleyn, The Convergence Among Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral Theories of Depression: Theoretical Overview. P. Luyten, J. Corveleyn, S.J. Blatt, The Convergence Among Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral Theories of Depression: A Critical Review of Empirical Research. S.J. Blatt, G. Shahar, A Dialectic Model of Personality Development and Psychopathology: Recent Contributions to Understanding and Treating Depression. N. Vliegen, P. Meurs, G. Cluckers, 'Closed Doors and Landscapes in the Midst'1. Childhood and Adolescent Depression in Developmental Psychopathology. P. Meurs, N. Vliegen, G. Cluckers, 'Closed Doors and Landscapes in the Midst' 2. Depression in Psychodynmaic Developmental Psychopathology: From Single Track Models to Complex Developmental Pathways. S.J. Claes, C.B. Nemeroff, Corticotropin Releasing Factor (CRF) and Major Depression: Towards an Integration of Psychology and Neurobiology in Depression Research. P. Luyten, S.J. Blatt, J. Corveleyn, Epilogue: Towards Integration in the Theory and Treatment of Depression? The Time Is Now.