A substantial body of evidence indicates that depressed mood is associated with increased cognitive processing, improved accuracy on complex tasks, and enhanced detail-oriented judgement on tasks that require deliberate information processing. Individuals with depression have also been shown to consistently outperform non-depressed controls when the experimental tasks involve cost-benefit analysis.
- Examine the problem’s cause, then,
- Identify the issues that need to be solved, then
- Construct possible solutions, the finally
- Create a cost/benefit analysis.
Based on how people answer our questions, we can tailor appropriate levels of care and supports. This set of questions can also inform completely different discussions between the clinician and the patient.
Instead of discussing the disease as a ‘bad thing’, clinicians may be able to help patients have insight about the potential adaptive purposes of their thinking and how this may be used as a strength to move forward in their lives.
Or, as so often is the case, is it just a broad label that we slap on a box we created to categorize a huge variety of different conditions?