Cognitive Theory of Depression: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

  • Brian F. Shaw
  • Randy Katz


The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the main cognitive theories of depression, with a view toward the future. First, we review the clinically significant cognitive changes that are associated with, or are part of, depression. We then focus briefly on the theories’ central assumptions and empirical support, highlighting some of the controversies in the existent literature. Finally, we offer comments about future directions in this fast-moving field.


Depressed Patient Cognitive Theory Cognitive Therapy Cognitive Change Vulnerability Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian F. Shaw
    • 1
  • Randy Katz
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesToronto Hospital, University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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