Criticisms of the theory

Criticisms of the theory

Criticisms of the theory

Submit an outline for your final paper to include every section (introduction, literature review, specific components or tenets of the theory [that will depend on which theory you choose] criticisms of the theory, application of the theory to your chosen topic, conclusion, and reference section). Once you have outlined your final paper, in the same document also include a two- to three-paragraph introduction with APA style in-text citations and a reference section.

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The Cognitive Behavior Theory in Depression Sample Paper

SaMon Richardson

National Louis University

People’s desire to discuss depression is matched by their reluctance to do so. Some people may not want to worry their loved ones, while others may feel that no one can understand them or their situation. It’s common for depressed people to isolate themselves from loved ones, but they also often express a desire to have someone they could confide in about their struggles without fear of being judged. Criticisms of the theory

Depression is a serious illness, and sadly, isolation and loneliness can be contributing factors. Without consulting a dictionary, I would say that depression is a mental state characterized by low mood, isolation, lack of motivation, and ineffectiveness that begins with one emotion and quickly attaches to others. For instance, the feeling of rejection may be followed by the emotions of insecurity and doubt after the initial experience of rejection.

The dictionary defines depression which is also called major depressive disorder “as a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act”.  From reading the actual definition, the words common and illness stood out to me. I would use this to offer a unique perspective to the client.

The word common meaning the feeling of depression is not abnormal, but is experienced by many and this could create a support group amongst individuals who identify emotionally. In my house we never discussed depression, although I saw it in many family members. Lack of discussing depression can be determined by cultural backgrounds and beliefs, in addition to feeling embarrassed.

The second word from the definition illness means something that affects you physically and can mentally also, but illnesses can also be cured and managed. Depression can fluctuate depending on the environment and events happening and in my mind although constant, is never 100 percent constant. In other words, a person who experiences depression is not depressed 24/7 but experiences a wave of highs and lows periodically depending on the events and environment. For example, someone could be diagnosed as severely depressed, but spending time with their grandchildren could bring temporary relief to the discomfort of depression, or suppress it rather. Criticisms of the theory

Depression I feel usually starts in our minds then tends to affect our body, and soul. This then affects our character and actions. Because of this, I would use the cognitive behavioral theory. By assessing the client’s behavior and response to certain questions could give the clinician insight on how the client is thinking, this would then allow the researcher to

understand the behaviors that guide, help, or hinder the clients mental state of being. Everyone diagnosed with depression should see a caseworker, and counselor first, before being prescribed medicine. It appears to be a disconnect in the integration of a counselors with doctors for patients. Now days it seems like a doctors first reaction is to offer medication for the body but not medicine for the soul.  The cognitive behavioral theory is what I feel would be best with helping me understand and observe and help the client understand themselves. This theory I think should be applied for the clinician to assist the client in the best way possible.

References Criticisms of the theory

  1. McLeod, S. A. (2015, Jan 14) Psychological theories of depression. Retrieved from
  2. Hicks, A. D., & McCord, D. M. (2012). Correlating the BDI-II, CES-D, and the Five-Factor Model: A Pilot Study. Individual Differences Research, 10(1), 27–36. Retrieved from
  3. Abramson, L. Y., Alloy, L. B., & Hogan, M. E. (1997). Cognitive/Personality Subtypes of Depression: Theories in Search of Disorders. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 21(3), 247–265.

Criticisms of the theory