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What is behavioral activation in cognitive behavioral therapy?

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Behavioral activation is another goal of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that aims to help patients engage more often in enjoyable activities and develop or enhance problem-solving skills. One major symptom of depression is loss of interest in things that were once found enjoyable. A person with depression stops doing things because he or she thinks it's not worth the effort. But this only deepens the depression. In CBT, the therapist helps the patient schedule enjoyable experiences, often with other people who can reinforce the enjoyment. Part of the process is looking at obstacles to taking part in that experience and deciding how to get past those obstacles by breaking the process down into smaller steps. Patients are encouraged to keep a record of the experience, noting how he or she felt and what the specific circumstances were. If it didn't go as planned, the patient is encouraged to explore why and what might be done to change it. By taking action that moves toward a positive solution and goal, the patient moves farther from the paralyzing inaction that locks him or her inside the depression.

SOURCES:

Psychiatry Clinics of North America : “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood Disorders: Efficacy, Moderators and Mediators.”

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies” “Depression.” 

The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences : “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression.” 

Clinical Psychology Review : “A meta-analysis of nonrandomized effectiveness studies on outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy for adult anxiety disorders.” 

Simon Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist, director of psychology training, and director, CBT training program, Montefiore Medical Center, New York.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 9, 2018

SOURCES:

Psychiatry Clinics of North America : “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood Disorders: Efficacy, Moderators and Mediators.”

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies” “Depression.” 

The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences : “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression.” 

Clinical Psychology Review : “A meta-analysis of nonrandomized effectiveness studies on outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy for adult anxiety disorders.” 

Simon Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist, director of psychology training, and director, CBT training program, Montefiore Medical Center, New York.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 9, 2018

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