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What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for depression. At the heart of CBT is an assumption that a person's mood is directly related to his or her patterns of thought. Negative, dysfunctional thinking affects a person's mood, sense of self, behavior, and even physical state. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to help a person learn to recognize negative patterns of thought, evaluate their validity, and replace them with healthier ways of thinking. At the same time, therapists who practice CBT aim to help their patients change patterns of behavior that come from dysfunctional thinking. Negative thoughts and behavior predispose an individual to depression and make it nearly impossible to escape its downward spiral. When patterns of thought and behavior are changed, according to CBT practitioners and researchers, so is mood.

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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