Purpose and Meaning: The Re-Emergence of a Timeless Cure for Depression during COVID-19: A Practitioners Perspective

Sebastian Salicru

Published Date: 2021-08-02
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This paper reviews the re-emergence of existential psychotherapy themes (death, isolation, emptiness, meaning, authenticity, responsibility, freedom and choice), some of which are predictors of overall psychological well-being, as effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of depression-and other internalizing disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper outlines the current challenges within this context, the key focus, conceptualization, research evidence effectiveness, and unique strengths and benefits of meaning-making approaches, as well as recommendations in moving forward.

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