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Depressive Disorder Essay

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Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Depression Level among Patients with Major Depressive Disorder in Mental Health Settings: A Research Proposal
Introduction
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) has a high prevalence rate; it affects more than 16.1 million American adults of the US population aged 18 years or older (Anxiety and Depression Association of America [ADAA], 2017). MDD is more common in women than in men and can develop at any age (Kessler, Berglund, & Demler, 2003). Major depressive disorder is defined as a mental disorder that is characterized by a general low mood accompanied by low self-esteem and loss of pleasure in normal daily activities (World Health Organization [WHO], 2010). The diagnosis of MDD needs a distinct
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Given the strength of evidence that supports cognitive behavioral therapy as an effective treatment for depression; many clinical practice guidelines strongly recommend CBT as the first line treatment along with antidepressant medication for MDD (Driessen & Hollon, 2010; Tucker & Oei, 2007).
Treating or at least reducing depression levels among patients with MDD is considered an important issue in mental health because of the high risks of its consequences as the suicide attempts, disabilities, and high financial spent on MDD treatment and prevention. However, there is a gap in the literature that discuss the effect of CBT for depression among patients with MDD and little is known about the effectiveness of CBT on MDD in mental health settings yet. This study will have wide application in nursing practice, education, and research. The anticipated outcomes of this study will be used to recommend the importance of cognitive behavioral therapy in treating MDD to be used by healthcare providers as a usual care for MDD. Furthermore, this study will offer a baseline data about for knowledge and research about the effectiveness of depression treatment in routine clinical practice in mental health settings.
Research purpose
The main purpose of this study is to examine the effect of CBT in reducing depression level among patients with major depressive disorder as well as to
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