chapter  3
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Theories of Depression

Treatment in the managed care environment requires specific knowledge about the conditions the provider is treating. Treatment planning is the core of managed care. With respect to depression, the therapist is fortunate, since there is no shortage of theories intended to illuminate and explain it. Theories range widely: from those that emphasize the biological underpinnings of depression to those that focus on its social context, from those that look at behaviors to those that explore phenomenology or emotional experience, from the old to the new, and from the more simple to the ornately complex.