139. The Promise of FDT Therapy for Major Depression

The following article comes from Johns Hopkins Health Alerts.

A type of therapy that teaches people how to look forward to a positive future may be helpful in treating major depression, according to a study published online in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics.

In the study, researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles explored the possible benefits of “future-directed therapy,” or FDT. According to the researchers, FDT encourages people not to dwell on the past or their current limitations, but to develop skills that can help them maintain positive expectations about the future. Skills include goal-setting, problem-solving, taking action and dealing in a constructive manner with disappointment.

In the study, 16 people with major depressive disorder chose to take 20 sessions of FDT over 10 weeks, and another 17 with major depression participated in traditional cognitive-based therapy. The people participating in FDT had significant improvements in their depression, anxiety and quality of life. They also reported that they were very satisfied with the therapy. This group had greater improvement in their depressive symptoms than the other group as measured by a standard depression questionnaire.

This was merely a pilot study, but it found evidence that future-directed therapy warrants further research, including a trial in which people are randomly assigned to FDT or another type of treatment.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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1 Response to 139. The Promise of FDT Therapy for Major Depression

  1. BOB FARQUHAR says:

    I have not heard of FDT….sounds very exciting. I would expect it would be very challenging for one experiencing depression to even engage in this type of therapy…..would like to understand more about this research and the methodology used. However, I can understand the logic in this approach.

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