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In April 2017, David Levine, contributor to US News and World report conducted an interview with Michael Yapko and referenced him in several articles he wrote on the subject of depression.  Click on the titles above to read the articles.

Reference: Articles written by David Levine US News and World Report online in April 2017.

Expert Panel Recommends Depression Questionnaire
Yapko interview picked up by WebMD

It addresses the issue of of screening for depression during visits to family doctors, and patients could then be referred for appropriate follow-up care.


Cyberbullying Resources for Youth and Their Families

In this article, written by Dr. Jennifer D’Auria, you can quickly review cyberbullying and access excellent resources for help. Given what we know about bullying and how it can impact the lives of our children and the resultant depression and sometimes suicide that can occur, it is critical that we provide as many resources and avenues of help that we can. I hope you’ll find this a useful reference on the topic.
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Reference: This article was written by Jennifer P. D’Auria, PhD, RN, CPNP and published in J Pediatr Health Care. 2014;28(2):e19-e22. It is available as an article on Medscape

Hypnosis in the Treatment of Depression: An Overdue Approach for Encouraging Skillful Mood Management

It was an honor to be asked to serve as a guest editor for a special issue of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. This was the first time in its more than 50 year history that the journal devoted an entire issue to the critically important topic of depression. I assembled a superb roster of contributors for this special issue. This link will take you to my guest editorial which sets the stage for this special issue of the journal.
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Reference: Intl. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 58(2): 137–146, 2010 Copyright © International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis ISSN: 0020-7144 print / 1744-5183 online, DOI: 10.1080/00207140903523137

Hypnotically Catalyzing Experiential learning Across Treatments for Depression: Actions Can Speak Louder Than Moods

Abstract: A number of psychotherapeutic approaches for the treatment of major depression have received empirical support in the literature, most notably cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal therapies. Recent studies have shown the therapeutic value of the behavioral activation component of such interventions. Depressed individuals actively learning and applying new skills on their own behalf is widely considered a critical component of recovery. This article describes the use of hypnosis to catalyze experiential learning and to encourage behavioral activation in the depressed client by directly addressing and transforming cognitive and perceptual patterns that can impede such behavioral activation, especially global thinking and ruminative coping styles.
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Reference: Intl. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 58(2): 186–201, 2010 Copyright © International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis ISSN: 0020-7144 print / 1744-5183 online DOI: 10.1080/00207140903523228

Treating Depression With Antidepressants: Drug-Placebo Efficacy Debates Limit Broader Considerations

The core issue regarding antidepressants for many clinicians is whether they perform significantly better than placebos. However, this article suggests eight additional concerns beyond drug efficacy alone to consider regarding antidepressants including: (1) formulating only a one-dimensional, biological view of depression; (2) defining the client’s role as passive in treatment; (3) economic corruption of the research and reporting; (4) false or misleading consumer advertising; (5) conflicting data that confuse practitioners and consumers alike; (6) over- and under-prescription of medications; (7) drug side-effects; and (8) harm to the environment. The enhanced effects of psychotherapy utilizing hypnosis offer a means of avoiding most, if not all, of the problems associated with the use of antidepressants as a primary form of treatment.
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Reference: American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 55: 272–290, 2013 Copyright © American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
ISSN: 0002-9157 print / 2160-0562 online, DOI: 10.1080/00029157.2012.707156

The Art & Science of Hypnosis

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Skills Not Pills

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From: Family Therapy Magazine

Secondhand Blues

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In this article, Dr. Yapko discusses his book Depression is Contagious (Free Press, 2009). The premise of which is that depression is spread primarily by social interaction in the family and in other intimate relationships. And the most effective prescription may be to bolster social skills. From: Psychology Today. Sept/Oct. 2009

Remembering William Kroger

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In this article, Dr. Yapko focuses on the contributions of William S. Kroger, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist who was widely known and respected for his seminal contributions to the fields of hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine. From: American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis Copyright © 2008 by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis 51:1, July 2008

Hypnosis in Treating Symptoms & Risk Factors of Major Depression

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This article summarizes aspects of effective psychotherapy for major depression and describes how hypnosis can further enhance therapeutic effectiveness. From The Australian Jounal of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis. Volume 30, Number 2. Spring 2009

An interview with Michael Yapko

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This article is an interview with Dr. Yapko by Lauren Gray for the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT) Newsletter. It highlights the interpersonal patterns associated with depression that Dr. Yapko has written about in his book Depression is Contagious and spoke about at the WAMFT annual conference in March 2009.