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EP21 Great Conversations 09 - Re-thinking Depression: Disease or Social Phenomenon? - Michael Yapko, PhD; David Burns, MD

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Depression |  Great Conversations
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2021
Michael Yapko, PhD |  David Burns, MD
1 hour
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Original Program Date:
Dec 02, 2021
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Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, depression was already ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the number one cause of human suffering and disability. The pandemic caused a huge spike in rates of depression giving rise to serious questions about the way we think about depression. Is it primarily a neurochemical phenomenon? Is it a product of environmental and situational influences? Or both? This conversation will explore these questions and others as well.

Learning Objectives

  1. To list and describe the biological and social influences on the onset and course of depression.
  2. To compare and contrast biological and social views of depression.
  3. To list and describe clinical implications of the growing evidence for a social view of depression.



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Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D. (professional psychology, clinical specialization), is internationally recognized for his innovative work in applied clinical hypnosis, developing brief psychotherapies, and the strategic treatment of depression. He has been invited to present his work in more than 30 countries across six continents. He is the author of 15 books, including his most recent, The Discriminating Therapist. He is a recipient of numerous awards for his many contributions to the field, including the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

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David D. Burns is an adjunct professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the author of the best-selling books Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy and The Feeling Good Handbook. Burns popularized Aaron T. Beck's cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) when his book became a best seller during the 1980s.