Date Approved

7-20-2005

Embargo Period

4-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Cahill, Janet

Subject(s)

Depressed persons--Case studies; Depression, Mental--Diagnosis

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the best practice for a client diagnosed with major depressive disorder who was referred for treatment at a community mental health facility. The client was assessed, diagnosed, and a treatment plan was developed. Implemented treatment consisted of combined cognitive behavioral oriented psychotherapy and psychotropic medication. The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) was used to assess changes in depressive symptoms. Results indicated a significant decline in depressive symptoms over the course of treatment. At the onset of treatment, the client's BDI scores were in the clinically depressed range, while at the conclusion of treatment they had decreased to the borderline range. The client self-reported an improvement in mood. A comparison between the client's current treatment and what might be considered "best" treatment is presented. Suggestions for treatment improvements are made, with a particular emphasis on concerns regarding a potential relapse.

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