Treating Shame in Depression : Two Proposed Therapies
Cross, Marvel Sky Adams
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Shame is present to some degree in the life of every individual, but some develop maladaptive responses to it, whether by letting it fester or by avoiding the events that cause it. When it is present in maladaptive forms in individuals who are suffering mental health disorders, it can increase the risk individuals pose to themselves, and make treatment for those mental health disorders more difficult. In this proposed study, Johnson’s (2005) patient Maria, who was suffering from depression, is used as an example participant in a study comparing the relative effectiveness of two treatments, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), at reducing felt shame in individuals suffering from depression. Possible outcomes and limitations of the proposed study are discussed, as well as future directions for research.