Depression Map 2

DEPRESSION AND GRIEF MAPS: 1A | 1B | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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SECTIONS: 5 | 8 | 16 | 19 | 21 | 22 | 24 | 25 | 39 | 44 | 46 | 47 | 48
EARLY POSSIBILITIES FOR DEPRESSION TREATMENT

Map 2 begins with a reminder that formal therapy and alliance building continue to occur simultaneously throughout treatment. Section 8 continues to describe alliance building, and the next treatment step is to gather information. Section 16 discusses that aspect.The map continues to examine depression as derivative of other issues – another psychological disorder [Section 5] or a biological condition [Section 39]. It then considers some sources or types of depression that may respond to specific treatments [Section 22].

For some patients, depression may be a reaction to these issues and sources. If so, treatment of the issue or source may be sufficient, and the patient can terminate. The possible sources considered here include

If the patient’s depression continues, this is a good time to review your diagnostic impression [Section 19] and continue on to Map 3.

If the patient’s depression is relieved, it may be time to terminate [Section 46]. If you do terminate the patient, you can also plan for a follow-up [Section 47] at a later time.

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