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Persistent Depressive Disorders

by J. Kim Penberthy

Series: Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice - Volume 43

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Learn how to assess and treat persistent depressive disorders (PDDs).

  • Expert guidance through the assessment process
  • Highlights the best treatment practices
  • Focuses on the cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP)
  • Full of hands-on tips, real-life case studies, and clinical pearls
  • Printable tools for clinical use

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This compact guide is packed with the latest knowledge on the assessment and treatment of persistent depressive disorders (PDDs) – the new DSM-5 diagnosis that amalgamates the categories dysthymic disorder (DD), chronic major depression (MDD), and DD with major depressive episode (MDE).

Written by a leading expert, the book guides us through the complexities of assessing PDDs and the models for understanding how these difficult-to-identify and potentially life-threatening disorders develop and are maintained over long periods. It then outlines those therapies that have the strongest evidence base. The author goes on to explore in detail the cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP), a treatment specifically developed for PDDs. This compelling integrated approach incorporates components of learning, developmental, interpersonal, and cognitive theory with aspects of interpersonal mindfulness. We are led expertly through the therapeutic process using clinical vignettes and practical tips, with particular attention paid to identifying the assessment and therapy methods most valuable in CBASP. Printable tools in the appendices can be used in daily practice.

This book will interest clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, counselors, and students.

From the reviews

"Clearly, this is a much-needed addition to the field - Highly recommended! Formerly known as dysthymia, PDD [persistent depressive disorder] is often a challenging condition. The book covers the basic terminology, diagnosis, epidemiology, comorbidity, scale assessments, and various pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment options. It presents an unbiased and empirically supported discussion with great examples and wonderful charts. I was especially impressed with the clinician and self-report scale sections in the first chapter. The case examples throughout the chapters help tie the entire book together."
Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM, FAAETS, C3 Education and Research, Inc., in Doody’s Reviews, 2020

Praise for the book

“This compact volume provides an insightful summary of the diagnosis, assessment, and clinical features of persistent depressive disorder and an excellent overview of treatment options. A major strength is Prof. Penberthy’s detailed and expert introduction to the cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP), the best-validated psychotherapeutic approach for chronic depression. Busy clinicians and trainees in all mental health fields will benefit from reading this book.”
Daniel N. Klein, PhD, State University of New York Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

“Persistent Depressive Disorders does a masterful job of laying out the nature of and treatments for those depressions that do not remit, with an emphasis on the cognitive behavioral analytic system of psychotherapy (CBASP), the most efficacious and best tested of them all. It is a real tour-de-force.”
Steven D. Hollon, PhD, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

“Prof. Penberthy has written an excellent overview of the recent chronic depression category in DSM-5, persistent depressive disorder (PDD), reviewing a highly relevant body of literature and providing extensive summaries of empirically validated treatments. This text is a must-read for psychiatric and psychological practitioners and researchers, as well as anyone who is interested in depression, its biological, psychological, and genetic features, and clinical course.”
James P. McCullough, Jr, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

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