Is psychotherapy an effective treatment for melancholia and other severe depressive states?

@article{Thase1999IsPA,
  title={Is psychotherapy an effective treatment for melancholia and other severe depressive states?},
  author={Michael E. Thase and Edward S. Friedman},
  journal={Journal of affective disorders},
  year={1999},
  volume={54 1-2},
  pages={1-19}
}
The treatment of severe depression with psychotherapy, alone, is controversial. In this paper, we review the historical, conceptual, and empirical contexts of this controversy. In addition to work by others, we review recent work from our institute which has examined the psychobiological substrates of response to treatment in depressive subtypes. We examine the traditional categories that describe severe depressions. The features and psychobiological correlates of melancholia are discussed, as… CONTINUE READING
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