At a recent case conference, Dr. Aaron Beck met with a patient suffering from depression while graduate students watched the session via live video feed in another room. The patient expressed strong dissatisfaction with his job and career direction (even though he held an objectively desirable position). At the same time, the patient was depressed, and did not presently have enough initiative or belief in himself to alter his trajectory.
During the session, after hearing about the patient’s typical week and what was bothering him most, Dr. Beck began to focus on alleviating the most pressing current problem – depression. He asked, “if your job isn’t giving you satisfaction, what else could give you satisfaction?” Read more