MBCT for Depression: The Case of Susan

Christine-Runyan
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Key Points

  1. The client is Susan, a physician with a challenging job, who has battled chronic depression since her teenage years, with underlying anxiety concerns recently identified.
  2. Susan’s depression manifested in clear symptoms, including a significant drop in motivation and interest, distorted self-perception filled with negative thoughts, and difficulties in decision-making.
  3. Chronic worry about depression recurrence and its implications is common in such cases, signifying the need for comprehensive care considering both depression and anxiety.
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The client is Susan, a 55-year-old physician, who has experienced recurrent episodes of chronic depression since adolescence. Although she was initially introduced for a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy course during a non-depressive period, the case revealed her anxiety issues intertwined with her depression.

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