Depression: Nature, assessment and treatment using behavioural activation (Part 1)
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Depression: Nature, assessment and treatment using behavioural activation (Part 1)

Joe Curran Principal, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Community Health Sheffield NHS Trust
Paul Rogers Wales Office, Research & Development Research Student Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry & Caswell Clinic, Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust
Kevin Gournay CBE Deputy Head, Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry

This two-part Continuing Professional Development article presents the treatment of behavioural activation as a justifiable treatment intervention for depression. Part one will set the scene by examining the nature and assessment of depression. Then we review the evidence for psychosocial and medical interventions. Third, we explore the strengths and limitations of current psychological interventions, taking into account their efficacy, costs and training requirements. Finally, we will summarise behavioural theories of depression.

Mental Health Practice. 5, 10,32-37. doi: 10.7748/mhp2002.07.5.10.32.c1705