Biological Therapies in Psychiatry
A 37-year-old man comes to the psychiatrist for treatment of a depressed mood. The patient has anhedonia, anergia, decreased concentration, obsessive ruminations of guilt, insomnia, and a 5-lb weight loss over the past 2 weeks. He avoids going out in public secondary to the belief that people won’t like him. In the psychiatrist’s office, he was helped to verbalize the fact that whenever he met new people, his immediate reaction was to believe that these people could see he was “a loser.” This last is a verbalization of which kind of behavior, often seen in patients with this diagnosis?