A three-dimensional model of thoughts: insight into depression

Martin Desseilles, Trina Chang, Camille Piguet, Gilles Bertschy, Alexandre G Dayer

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Thought processing and mood regulation are closely linked, but existing classifications of mood disorders fail to recognize the complex interplay between these two clinical dimensions. Furthermore, existing classifications fail to account for the possibility that depression might be associated with an increased frequency of self-referential thoughts that could in some circumstances be related to creativity processes. Based on recent evidence from clinical phenomenology, experimental psychology and affective neuroscience, we propose a novel comprehensive theoretical framework that incorporates thought processing and emotional valence. This new taxonomy provides insights into the clinical understanding of the spectrum of mood disorders and accounts for the possibility of increased creativity in altered mood states.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-14
Number of pages12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Affect
  • Creativity
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological
  • Thinking


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