Management of Depressed Mood

Although Dianne's sleeping and eating improved to some extent, her worrying lessened and her panic attack disappeared, Dianne kept on feeling sad and low on energy. Thus, the probable diagnosis of general anxiety disorder was not confirmed; however, the diagnosis of depressive disorder was reaffirmed. Therefore after seven sessions of alcohol treatment, the manual Spouse-aided Therapy with Depressive Disorders (Emanuels-Zuurveen & Emmelkamp, 1997) was incorporated into Dianne and Mick's treatment programme.

Inactivity being one of Dianne's most salient high-risk situations, we introduced activity training as an intervention to tackle negative mood as well as her drinking problem. Activation training is a fairly common behavioural technique in treating depression, derived from Lewinson's theory of depression. We encouraged Mick to help his wife in organizing her week: combining basic daily activities (like getting dressed in the morning), taking care of neglected activities (such as cleaning up the bedroom) and increasing the amount of pleasant activities (listening to music, going out for a cup of coffee with a friend). Given Dianne's social anxiety, a gradual approach was used in having her engage in social situations.

Conquering Fear In The 21th Century

Conquering Fear In The 21th Century

The Ultimate Guide To Overcoming Fear And Getting Breakthroughs. Fear is without doubt among the strongest and most influential emotional responses we have, and it may act as both a protective and destructive force depending upon the situation.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment