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Commentary on “The use of cognitive behaviour therapy to treat depression in people with learning disabilities: a systematic review”

Peter E. Langdon (Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Disability, Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK AND Honorary Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, Broadland Clinic, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 7 April 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on “The use of cognitive-behaviour therapy to treat depression in people with learning disabilities: a systematic review”.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on the literature, as well as both clinical and research experience, some reasons are outlined for the lack of attention given to psychological therapies to treat depression amongst people with intellectual disabilities (IDs).

Findings

More research is needed, but existing evidence is promising regarding the effectiveness of adapted cognitive-behaviour therapy for depression amongst people with IDs.

Originality/value

The commentary draws attention to the scope for developing a range of effective cognitive, behavioural and cognitive-behavioural treatments.

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Citation

Langdon, P.E. (2015), "Commentary on “The use of cognitive behaviour therapy to treat depression in people with learning disabilities: a systematic review”", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 65-68. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-02-2015-0005

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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