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How Do Mood Disorders Contribute to Depression

Mood Disorder

Do Mood Orders Contribute to Depression?

One of the best notions Dr. Wenzel put forth in both therapy sessions is the forward thinking to outline goals of the therapy as a whole.  Additionally, Dr. Wenzel analyzes the core complaints in each therapy session. The patient should understand that there are both short term and long term goals of therapeutic treatment, and that navigating these concerns and outlined goals is a team effort between both patient and therapist. It can be essential for the patient to fully understand the root causes of their ailments or complaints and connect them with analytical problem solving and skill adaptation to achieve successful treatment plans (Barlow, 2014).

            The most profound difference between session one and session six for Dr. Wenzel and her patient, is the comprehensive advantage that is being developed throughout the treatment periods. The longer the patient remains in treatment, and the more time and energy the therapist is able to expend with the same patient, the more personalized and in-depth the treatment plan can become.  It is clear by the third session that the patient is more comfortable with both, therapist and treatment plan.  In short, the progression is natural and evolutionary based upon the overall interactions and historical gains shared between patient and therapist.  The first video is primarily about introducing CBT treatment techniques (American Psychological Association, 2016). The second video involves some of the Socratic method, in addition to introducing some of the more intricate CBT skill sets (American Psychological Association II, 2016).


            After viewing both videos, it is obvious that there are definite benefits to developing a growing, evolving treatment plan.  Treatment will change from session to session, and it will grow and develop according to the patient’s analyzed and self-reported response to therapy sessions.  Basically, patients will reveal more details and greater insight into their complaints and concerns as treatment plans develop. Dr. Wenzel’s devotion to a collaborative treatment methodology keeps the patient engaged and helps the patient’s thought patterns develop more appropriate, effective coping responses.  The development of coping skills only improves alongside the progression of the treatment plan. And there is always a benefit to personalizing the treatment plan from start to finish (Barlow, 2014).


References American Psychological Association. (2016). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (Session 1 of 6). APA PsycTherapy.

American Psychological Association II. (2016). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (Session 3 of 6). APA PsycTherapy. Barlow, D. H. (2014). Clinical handbook of psychological disorders, 5th ed. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. ISBN: 9781462513260.

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