The Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy
A Promising Treatment for Chronic Depression
Lawrence P. Riso and Jaime Blandino - Department of Psychology, Georgia State University
James P. McCullough - Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Clinical differences between chronic and nonchronic forms of depression have led to the development of the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP). The CBASP treatment was designed specifically for the treatment of chronic depression and recently gained distinction after being examined in a large-scale clinical trial. In this paper we describe differences between chronic and nonchronic depression and limitations of current therapies that suggest the need for a new psychotherapeutic approach. We then briefly review a recent clinical trial using CBASP and discuss directions for future research.