Health and Wellness

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope

JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D.

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope – Using Behavior Activation for Depression

Welcome to ACT taking hurt to hope. Today we are having a discussion
about a potentially dangerous psychological disorder called depression.
People who suffer from depression are more susceptible to medical
illness, possible suicide and may have shorter life span. About 60 % of
people who become depressed are likely to become depressed again.
Statistically most depressions last for about 6 months, for others dpression can go
on for years. Certainly depression is something to watch out for and
know what kind of help to get as early as possible. Today you are going
to get a chance to talk to an expert on depression and expert on a
leading treatment method called Behavioral Activation. Behavioral
Activation is fellow traveler with ACT. Dr Christopher Martell is a
psychologist and depression researcher. He taught in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, and superivsed Ph.D. students in Psychology. He is currently a Clinical Associate
Professor inthe Department of Psychology at the
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Dr. Martell writes, consults and
speaks internationally about Behavioral Activation Therapy and
maintained a private psychotherapy practice for 23 years. Christopher has written a
number of books on this subject, including a workbook for individuals dealing with depression: Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time, that he wrote with Dr. Michael Addis. You can read more
about Christopher and purchase a copy of the book through leading on-line booksellers on his home page which you can get to by clicking his
name on this week’s episode of ACT taking hurt to hope.