Cognitive distortions among depressed and suicidal drug abusers.


Journal Article

A very high proportion of drug abusers have psychiatric problems, with depressive symptoms particularly common. Nonabusing depressed patients have been found to demonstrate elevated levels of cognitive distortions, relative to normals, and to benefit from therapies that address such cognitive distortions. The present study investigated the prevalence of cognitive distortions in a sample of 52 inpatient depressed and/or suicidal drug abusers. Levels of cognitive distortion were found to be comparable to those reported in other studies for noninpatient depressed subjects, but lower than those of nonabusing depressed inpatients. Within the present relatively homogeneous sample, degree of cognitive distortion was nevertheless related to levels of depression, hopelessness, and suicidality. It is concluded that cognitive therapy may be indicated for depressed drug abusers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chabon, B; Robins, CJ

Published Date

  • December 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1313 - 1329

PubMed ID

  • 3804517

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3804517

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-773X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/10826088609074857


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States