Job-focused treatment for depression in adults

The case is based on collaboration with non-academic partners in order to develop a job-focused treatment with new strategies and tools for implementation in the sectors involved in the return to open employment or education (Vocational Services) for individuals with a history of MDD. The main aim of the case is to target the transfer from sick-leave back to work or studies.

The approach is based on the assumption that neurocognitive dysfunction is at risk of becoming a long-lasting problem for the patients despite improvement from the depressive symptoms. This can represent a major challenge when individuals are expected to return to work or studies after a depressive episode and can at worst contribute to an increased vulnerability to develop new episodes. This is considered to be a critical time for the patient group in question, since prevalent cognitive dysfunction can cause a mismatch between expectations and performance and thereby leads to negative self-representation, a lack of coping and negative rumination. We will build an integrated network of research groups from academia and non-academic partners such as the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) and the City of Bergen Occupational Services and HR (Bergen Kommune)).