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Clínica y Salud

versión On-line ISSN 2174-0550versión impresa ISSN 1130-5274


BARRACA MAIRAL, Jorge. Behavioral Activation Intervention in a Patient With Depressive Symtomatology. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2010, vol.21, n.2, pp.183-197. ISSN 2174-0550.

Treatment for a 44-year-old man with depressive symtomatology is set out. The intervention proposed was based on the behavioral activation (BA) analysis, that sees some types of depression as elaborated avoidance modalities. Treatment components included recuperation of tasks that had previously been given up, reconsideration of life goals, ending of avoidance behaviors, time scheduling and reengagement with housework, labour duties and social responsibilities. After seven months of treatment remarkable changes appeared in the pre-treatment measures (BDI-II, AAQ, ATQ, EROS, and BADS), as well as in the number and kind of activities carried out. Depression was in full remission and the patient had regained a state of productive work. Follow-up showed that therapeutic benefits persisted for the next five months. In spite of the severity of the set of symptoms, the patient did not want to take antidepressant medication, and so it was never used. The good outcomes obtained in spite of this circumstance and despite the relatively short length of time of intervention strongly support the model proposed by BA for these kinds of cases.

Palabras clave : behavioral activation; depression; case studies; single-case experiment.

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