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The Ethical Treatment of Depression: Autonomy through Psychotherapy

Paul Biegler


One in six people worldwide will experience depression over the course of a lifetime. Many who seek relief through the healthcare system are treated with antidepressant medication; in the United States, nearly 170 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written in 2005, resulting in more than $12 billion in sales. And yet despite the dominance of antidepressants in the marketplace and the consulting room, another treatment for depression has proven equally effective: psychotherapy—in particular, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Antidepressants can lift mood independent of a person’s un ... More

Keywords: depression, healthcare system, antidepressants, consulting room, psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, symptoms, stressors, distressing feelings, negative thoughts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015493
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015493.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Biegler, author