Volume 13, 2013
Irene: A Case Study on Major Depression
The present study deals with a case of major depression and how that condition affected an individual’s life. In this case-study, major depression is approached to the paradigm of cognitive-behavioural therapy in terms of the event behind the condition, the irrational thinking following the event, the emotions associated to that thinking, the behaviours selected so that thoughts and emotions to be maintained. There are also discussed, the maintenance cycle between thoughts and emotions as well as the consequences referred to that individual’s choices of behaviour as to negatively reinforcing herself in staying to the condition and not doing anything to fight it back. In order that major depression to be effectively dealt with, there are suggested interventions so that the individual to be positively reinforced in changing her cognitions, emotions and behaviours. Interventions which were agreed with the client were cognitive restructuring as to changing assumptions of faulty cognitive thinking; changes in the feelings domain so that unwanted emotions to be driven out of her mind; changes in the behavioural domain so that to gaining back self-confidence and building up healthy interrelationships.