By Susan Simonds
In her most recent e-book, Simonds provides "Integrative Relational Therapy," her specified nonpathologizing method of psychotherapy with depressed girls. IRT integrates empirically-supported cures, feminist theories of melancholy, artistic arts treatments, and mindfulness-based options right into a cohesive version that addresses the gender and cultural elements contributing to women's melancholy. The publication additionally addresses relapse prevention, reproductive-related occasions, detailed drugs matters for girls, and the newest examine on substitute treatments. a distinct function of the booklet comprises 3 conceptual maps that advisor the therapist during the process treatment, weaving a typical thread whereas taking into consideration the distinctiveness of every purchaser. a listing of integrative assets and advised readings in feminist treatment, replacement cures, and holistic techniques to the remedy of melancholy, nervousness, and women's reproductive-related occasions also are integrated.
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IRT addresses the recurrent nature of depression by developing long-term goals that reduce risk factors and increase resiliency. The course of psychotherapy interweaves five elements of therapy—assessment, safety, activation, connection, and meaning—fashioning a therapy based on the unique needs of each individual woman while sharing these common threads. The next two chapters present a review of the literature covering the epide- 18 Depression and Women miology and causes of women's depressions (chapter 2) and depression treatment outcome research (chapter 3).
A history of postpartum depression A history of premenstrual dysphoric disorder A history of other depressive illnesses A perimenopausal period of at least 27 months Surgical menopause Thyroid dysfunction Sociocultural factors are also considered to play a role in exacerbating perimenopausal symptoms (Misri & Kostaras, 2000). , 1988). Some assert that while menopause may cause depressive symptoms, they are subsyndromal (Sheehy, 1998). , 1998). Other Reproductive-Related Influences on Mood. Pregnant women experience depression at the same rate as nonpregnant women.
Only recently have data begun to emerge that track depressed individuals over long periods of time. , 1999). In this study, factors associated with greater recurrence included being female, having more prior episodes, never marrying, and having a longer duration of depression before intake. In another study, half of those initially diagnosed with dysthymia and 25% of those with subthreshold symptoms of depression had an episode of MDD within two years (McCullough, Klein, Shea, & Miller, 1992 as cited in Roth & Fonagy, 1996).
Depression and Women: An Integrative Treatment Approach by Susan Simonds