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The Ethical Treatment of DepressionAutonomy through Psychotherapy$
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Paul Biegler

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015493

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015493.001.0001

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(p.xii) (p.1) 1 Introduction
The Ethical Treatment of Depression

Paul Biegler

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Statistics show that depression is a major global health issue today. According to a description by William Styron, a writer who experienced depression first hand, “depression takes on the quality of physical pain. But it is not an immediately identifiable pain, like that of a broken limb.” This explains why a significant number of people, when faced with depression, seek relief via the health care system. Between 2004 and 2005, primary care physicians in Australia prescribed antidepressant medication (ADM) to more than 11 million patients, compared to only approximately 7.5 million between 1999 and 2000. This book introduces cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as an equally effective treatment for depression. It has been subject to extensive trials with outcomes shown to be as good as those achieved with ADM.

Keywords:   depression, global health issue, William Styron, health care system, antidepressant medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, CBT

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