Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cognitive Model of Depression

The Cognitive Model of Depression

Early Experience: Develop Core Beliefs

Vulnerability Stage
Dysfunctional Assumptions: (based on core beliefs)

Critical Incident

Activating Stage

Assumptions activated

Beliefs Develop

Negative Automatic Thoughts:


Behavioural: Eg, Lowered activity levels, social withdrawal.

Motivational: Eg, loss of interest and pleasure, everything is an effort, procrastination.

Affective: (Moods) Eg, Sadness, anxiety, guilt, shame.

Cognitive: Eg, poor concentration, indecisiveness, ruminations, self-criticism, suicidal thoughts.

Somatic: (Physical Reactions) Eg, loss of sleep, loss of appetite.

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