Jamie

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In this essay I will analyse in reference to the case study, how psychological theory informs our understanding of mental health disorders. I have chosen the following two theories to analyse, Psychodynamic and Cognitive. I will also evaluate how certain therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychotherapy may help or change a depressed person’s behaviour. Depression is a potentially disabling illness that affects many, but is understood by few. Suffers often do not recognise the nature of this terrible illness until they are so devastated that they can no longer help themselves. (Ainsworth 2000). According to Houpt 2010, Jamie is clearly showing signs of depression. Jamie is exhausted and his schoolwork is…show more content…
This is evident in Jamie’s case. His father walked out as he was unable to cope therefore leaving his mother as a single parent. This could benefit Jamie as he may come to think that although his father walked out, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he will replicate his father’s behaviour. Different cognitive behavioural theorists have developed their own concepts on the Cognitive way of thinking. Beck, like Ellis argues that depression is related to irrational thinking and the aim of therapy is to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Beck believes that depressives have negative attitudes towards themselves, the world and their future. This is known as the Negative Cognitive Triad. They view themselves as stupid, worthless, helpless and unattractive. (Gross 2008). The rise in popularity of cognitive behaviourism continues today; it forms the basis of the most dominant and well-research formed of psychotherapy available today: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, (CBT). CBT is a therapy that helps you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is based on the perception that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. CBT deals with your current problems,

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