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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




2.15 - 3.15


Strengthening the Healthy Adult Against Chronic Depression During the Covid-19 Pandemic

with Alexandra Schosser

In the context of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, quarantine was shown to be associated with increased psychological distress and, among others, depression. In this context, loneliness was found to be the strongest predictor of depression. Psychotherapeutic treatment was impeded by either reorganization as e-health solutions or wearing face masks. 

Chronic courses of depression in general are relatively common and difficult to treat. Without doubt, treatment has additionally been hampered by the above-mentioned consequences of the pandemic. 

Associations between early maladaptive schemas and severity as well as chronicity of depression were found. Besides high rates of comorbid personality disorders, interpersonal problems are prominent variables that hamper treatment, affirming schema therapy as powerful approach to effective treatment. 

Chronically depressed are generally deeply fused with ego-syntonic dysfunctional critic mode beliefs and stuck in detached, avoiding or passive-aggressive coping modes that block the therapist off. Besides, compliant surrender and undisciplined child modes hamper treatment. 

About the Presenter

Alexandra Schosser

Alexandra is a medical specialist in psychiatry, as well as psychotherapist and supervisor in CBT and Schema Therapy. Since 2013, she has served as medical director of an ambulant psychiatric rehabilitation clinic in Vienna, Austria (“Zentren für seelische Gesundheit Wien”, BBRZ-Med).

In addition to her clinical work, Alexandra has been working in research and teaching at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Medical University of Vienna since 2001, with a major focus on psychiatric genetics of affective disorders. Since 2013, she has worked on psychiatric rehabilitation and psychotherapy research. Since 2016, Alexandra has served as a member of ISST's Training & Certification committee, and is currently Science and Research Coordinator on the ISST Executive Board.

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