ERIC Number: ED401508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Is Relaxation Training Effective in the Treatment of Clinical Depression?
Beaty, Lee A.
The process of relaxation is a complex triarchic phenomenon that incorporates behavioral, cognitive, and physiological components. Existing literature is surveyed in order to determine the efficacy of treating various forms of depression with cognitive-behavioral relaxation strategies. Relaxation training has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of psychosomatic problems, including muscle contraction headaches, asthma, hypertension, and panic attacks. Successful treatment of these problems, which have a physical and psychological overlap, indicates that relaxation training may be a beneficial intervention strategy. It also may produce acceptable success rates in treating depressive disorders when used in combination with other therapies. However, empirical findings have been mixed in regard to relaxation training's effectiveness in treating various types of depression, and more research is clearly needed before therapists can be confident that it is really effective in treating clinical depression. Contains 15 references. (TS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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