Effects Of Depression On Individuals With An Acquired Brain Injury ( Abi )

1458 Words Dec 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Depression in individuals with an acquired brain injury (ABI) has resulted in a great deal of research. Much of the research done has been from a western bio-medical perspective, generally from neurological, neurobiological or neuropsychological viewpoints. Complementary and alternative interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) are two treatment modalities that can be utilized for depression in individuals with an ABI.
In order to study the efficacy of CBT or MBCT within these parameters, it is necessary to have a definition of ABI and depression and to identify the prevalence of depression in the ABI population as well as the difficulties of this identification. Finally, there is a need to see if there is a need for early intervention and if early use of CBT and/or MBCT can improve the successful psychosocial adjustment outcomes of this population.
Acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that occurs after birth and leads to deterioration of cognitive, physical, emotional, or independent functioning. There are many brain-related disorders, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, epilepsy and brain tumours. Brain injury, whatever the cause, may result in dramatic alterations in an individual’s cognition, behaviour and emotions.
Psychiatric diagnoses are categorized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th. Edition (DSM-V). The manual is published by the American…
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