Therapeutic Approaches

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  1. What might be the potential cause of Isabel`s depression?

  1. The response of the psychodynamic therapist

Accordingto psychodynamic therapists, Isabel’s cause of depression is angerthat has been turned into hatred for oneself. Her decision to leaveschooling in favor of looking for a job that she does not actuallylike has left her in a position where she doesn’t getself-satisfaction and she is not happy about it(Holland, 2005).Shehas also had problems with her relationships and seems to be gainingweight. She cannot blame anyone for her problems, but only herself.

  1. Response of the&nbsphumanistic therapist

Thetherapists draw heavily from the work of Carl Rodgers and FredrickPerls who have contributed a lot towards the making of healthychoices by individuals. According to the therapists, depression iscaused by the negative effects of the influences of people who are inauthority, the society or people who abuse them(Dombeck, n.d.).Inthe case of Isabel therefore, according to the humanistic therapist,the depression that she is going through could have been caused bythe many unsuccessful relationships that she has gone through. Hersad state of mind has also been caused by the fact that she now feelsuncomfortable by the way she looks due to her weight.

  1. The response of behavioral therapist

Thebehaviorists have a number of views on the causes of depression. Oneview as stated by the behaviorists is when one is engaged in anon-rewarding experience such as a job where one’s efforts are notappreciated to their expectations or losing the roles that they valuein their workplace. The second cause is when one feels helpless fromthe situations that they are in. Another view is when one is notusing the right problem-solving skills when faced with problems(Bonfil, 2014).

Forthe case of Isabel, the behaviorist theorists would argue that herdepression is as a result of her experiences in the workplace whereshe doesn’t feel appreciated despite leaving her education to workin order to earn some money. She also doesn’t feel a sense ofsatisfaction from her job. She probably also does not feel that theboyfriends she has had a relationship with, appreciate her at all.

  1. Response of a cognitive therapist

Theresponse of the cognitive therapists is based on the assumption thata person’s mood is related directly to their ways of thinking thata negative thought about oneself has a direct negative effect ontheir moods, behavior, their self-esteem, and their physical state.Isabel’s depression could have been caused by the negative thoughtsthat she has developed towards her physical state since she hadgained weight lately and that was not going well with her at all(“Cognitive behavioral therapy for depression,” 2005).

  1. What might you examine to better understand Isabel`s depression?

  1. The response of the psychodynamic therapist

Concerningthe question on what to examine to understand Isabel`s decisionbetter, the psychodynamic therapist would be expected to have a veryintensive careful exploration of the feelings of the patient with anumber of sessions. This includes having an examination of thefeelings that the patient is conscious of and those that they are not (Holland, 2005).

  1. Response of the&nbsphumanistic therapist

Thebest way to examine and understand the depression that Isabel isgoing through is to look at the relationship that the patient haswith the people in authority, her parents, and her teachers and soon. If the result of the examination is that there is no existenceof a good relationship, it could mean that she has been undergoingsome sort of negative influence from the people who should actuallybe inspiring her (Dombeck, n.d.).

  1. The response of behavioral therapist

Thebest way to examine the depression of Isabel for purposes ofunderstanding it would be to have a close look at their perceptionabout their workplace, on whether they are happy or not. The othermethod would be examining their problem-solving skills and what theythink about the reward schemes in their workplace. If the responsesare negative, then there is a very high probability that these aresome of the causes of her depression(Bonfil, 2014).

  1. Response of a cognitive therapist

Thetherapists would try to find out whether the patient has the abilityto recognize the negative patterns of thoughts, to look at whetherthey are valid and whether they are in a position of replacing themwith more healthy ways of thinking(“Cognitive behavioral therapy for depression,” 2005).

  1. Which treatment might you prescribe for Isabel?

  1. The response of the psychodynamic therapist

Thetreatment involves helping the patient to understand how their pastevents are affecting their physical and mental state. The therapistwill go ahead in equipping the patient with techniques on how toimprove their response skills so that they are in a position torespond to situations more positively and effectively in a confidentmanner(Holland, 2005).

  1. Response of the&nbsphumanistic therapist

Thetreatment for such a kind of depression would be to encourage thepatient to be a bit selfish with what they have in mind so as not tocare about the probable reaction of their families and the society.The humanist therapists have developed a number of techniques thatwould help the depression patients to have a reconnection with theirsuppressed dreams and wishes (Dombeck, n.d.).

  1. The response of behavioral therapist

Therecommended treatment is to let the patient know that they need toengage in the roles that they feel appreciated and rewarded. If atall they feel looked down upon, then it is their duty to voice it outand let the people concerned know how concerned they are. In caseswhere the environment does not allow them to prosper, then it wouldserve them well to cut ties and seek an environment where they wouldbe comfortable in. The treatment usually takes up to twenty sessions(Bonfil, 2014).

  1. Response of a cognitive therapist

Thereare two treatments to this. The first is the cognitive restructuringwhich involves the therapist working with the depression patient tochange the way they think as well as their behavior activation wherethe patient participates in enjoyable activities so as to overcomethe obstacles that they are going through. The second would be tofocus on the present where they change what and how people think in acertain manner and not why they do it(“Cognitive behavioral therapy for depression,” 2005)

Reference

Bonfil,A. (2014). What causes depression: Behavioral causes. Retrieved fromhttp://cogbtherapy.com/cbt-blog/what-causes-depression-behavioral-causes

Cognitivebehavioral therapy for depression (2005).&nbspWebMD.Retrieved fromhttp://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-depression

Dombeck,M. (n.d.). Humanistic theory – depression: Depression &amp relatedconditions. Retrieved fromhttp://www.swamh.com/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&ampid=9714&ampcn=5

HollandMedically,K. (2005). Psychodynamic therapy. Retrieved fromhttp://www.healthline.com/health/depression/psychodynamic-therapy