Date Approved

5-1-2007

Embargo Period

3-28-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Cahill, Janet

Subject(s)

Counseling psychology; Depression, Mental--Treatment

Disciplines

Counseling Psychology

Abstract

This case study evaluates the effectiveness of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the treatment of an adult female diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Comorbid Borderline Personality Disorder in a community based mental health agency. The client's psychosocial assessment is presented and the empirical treatment literature related to the client's diagnosis is reviewed. A variety of outcome measures were used. Results indicated the treatment was effective: the client experienced significant reduction in the severity of her symptoms. However, further treatment is needed to improve parenting skills, maintain healthy interpersonal relationships and to reduce residual symptoms of depression to prevent relapse. Comparison of the normative practices versus best practices is reviewed with a summary and suggestions for improvement of treatment.

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