Problem solving treatment for anxiety and depression: A practical guide

Paperback | November 23, 2005

byLaurence Mynors-Wallis

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Problem-solving treatment is a well researched, practical psychological intervention. The treatment is very much a here and now treatment, focusing on current difficulties and setting future goals. It does not dwell on past relationships and past mistakes. Patients are helped to gain a senseof mastery over their difficulties. There is good evidence to support the use of problem-solving in treatment of patients with depression, emotional disorders, and after episodes of deliberate self-harm. Problem-solving has been developed as a brief, feasible, psychological treatment that can be delivered by non-specialists. Much ofthe evidence supporting the use of problem-solving treatment has been undertaken in primary care. This definitive guide provides a 'hands-on' manual to assist potential therapists in understanding the background and rationale for problem-solving. The first chapter of the book provides a brief description of the theory which lead to the development of problem-solving treatment. The research trials underpinning the effectiveness of treatment are discussed in chapter two. Chapters three to seven provide a detailed manual for potentialtherapists. The structure of problem-solving is set out supported by many relevant clinical examples. Detailed advice is given as to how to structure a course of problem-solving. Case examples of how problem-solving develops over a course of treatment are set out. Advice for would-be practitionersas to how best to deliver problem-solving and also guidance as to potential pitfalls are given. Chapter eight sets out the content of a two day course suitable for teaching problem-solving.

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Problem-solving treatment is a well researched, practical psychological intervention. The treatment is very much a here and now treatment, focusing on current difficulties and setting future goals. It does not dwell on past relationships and past mistakes. Patients are helped to gain a senseof mastery over their difficulties. There is...

Laurence Mynors-Wallis is at Alderney Hospital, Parkstone, Dorset, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.49 inPublished:November 23, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198528426

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to problem-solving treatment2. Evidence supporting the use of problem-solving treatment3. The seven stages of problem-solving treatment4. How to structure a six session course of problem-solving treatment5. Other techniques to assist the problem-solving process6. Additional guidelines for effective problem-solving treatment7. Three courses of problem-solving tretment8. Potential problems with problem-solving treatment9. Teaching problem-solving treatmentAppendix 1 - Teaching aidsAppendix 2 - Additional information for case vignettes used in trainingReferencesIndex

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"Although its focus is mainly primary care, there is much here that anyone involved in the treatment of people with mental health problems will find useful. In fact, it is probably true to say that the skills taught in this book can be of use to all of us. I have found myself over the past 2 months frequently delving into my bag to pull out my now tattered copy to recommend it to colleagues."--Psychological Medicine