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Cognitive treatment of suicidal adults 

Cognitive treatment of suicidal adults
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Cognitive treatment of suicidal adults
Author(s):

Jan Beskow

, Paul Salkovskis

, and Astrid Palm Beskow

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0056
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date: 22 September 2019

The progress of cognitive psychotherapy is accounted for by a systematic use of phenomenology, theory, laboratory research, and clinical studies. Effect studies of problem-solving, interpersonal therapy (which has many traits in common with cognitive psychotherapy), treatment of depression for suicide prevention and a cognitive psychotherapy method especially for treatment of suicide attempters are reviewed. The use of metaphors opens new possibilities. Step by step the researchers approach the suicidal individual’s own formulations about their suicidality, developing the language of suicidality. Generally increased problem-solving capacity, more intensive outreach activities, an invitation to the patient to participate more actively in the analysis of their own problems and efforts to ameliorate the feelings of shame and guilt are all efforts to deal with painful interpersonal problems. A growing amount of evidence links these cognitions, emotions and behaviours to attachment problems in early life.

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