‘You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.’
Albert Ellis, American psychologist and psychotherapist
At any given time, conservative estimates state that between 15% and 20% of the adult population are suffering from significant depressive symptoms. Because depression has become so commonplace we can easily underestimate the misery it causes. The real tragedy is that so much of this distress is unnecessary. CBT offers a tried and tested model of depression and treatment strategies that have good rates of success when diligently applied.
You may remember from Chapter 1 that Beck pioneered ...