Individualizing the Multifactorial Model of Risk and Prevention

Therapists use the results of the diagnostic and behavioral assessment to personalize the model of risk and prevention (described earlier) for each patient. Patient and therapist collaboratively address the following questions: (1) What risk factors have been involved in the initial and recurrent pattern of the patient's depression, and (2) which compensatory skills, and changes in behavior and outlook, have been associated with a decrease in depressive symptoms and improved functioning and life satisfaction? Depending on how the patient's skills building has progressed, his/her use of the concept of depressive assumptions, or schemas, as "shorthand" for recurrent ideas about the self, the world, and the future may increase or decrease risk of future depressions. Then the patient attempts to alter the vulnerabilities or to minimize their impact on the course of his/her illness. To promote remission and recovery, the therapist teaches the patient how to monitor the syndrome, symptoms, characteristic risk factors, and use of skills.

The model we described earlier specifies that the more a patient repeatedly and successfully uses the compensatory strategies, the higher the probability (1) that a fundamental shift will occur in his/her perception of the self, the world, and the future, resulting in a view that is more congruent with natural environmental contingencies; and (2) that his/her vulnerability will decrease accordingly.

Letting Go, Moving On

Letting Go, Moving On

Learning About Letting Go, Moving On Can Have Amazing Benefits For Your Life And Success! Don't be held back by the past - face your guilt and fears and move on! Letting go is merely arriving at a decision, no more allowing something from the past tense to influence your life today or to cut down your inner sense of peace and welfare.

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