Monday, July 30, 2018

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) For Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used to help individuals suffering from anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

It has also found extensive use in anger management therapy, especially in identifying healthy anger from destructive anger. 

It is also widely used to resolve depression- based on the theory that patterns of thoughts that govern mood, and that negative thoughts about oneself, one’s ability to function in society, and even one’s appearance............... can trigger massive depressive episodes. 

What is CBT?
Cognitive behavior therapy is a common type of talk therapy, or psychotherapy, and one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective – in hundreds of clinical trials.

An example---------To illustrate, individuals viewing an episode of a cooking show on television will have several different reactions, but the two most relevant will be, “I can do that!” based on high self-image, and, “I could never do that, I’m not smart enough.” based on low self-image and major depression. 

These spontaneous reactions are known as “automatic thoughts”, and thus determine self-image and behavior, sometimes to a greater extent than the real world. 

How CBT  Works:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on the role of thoughts in behavior and mood. 

This “inductive” therapy allows the client (under the supervision and with the help of a therapist) to access a reservoir of negative or nonproductive thoughts or beliefs, and from that to derive more effective patterns of behavior. 

CBT teaches individuals how to separate the problem from their reaction to the problem.
CBT and Depression:
CBT can be very helpful in treating depression. 

In fact, given the self-destructive nature of clinical depression, it is an excellent tool to begin shaping the situation in the patient’s eyes.

As a standalone therapy, CBT has been proven in randomized controlled trials to be more effective in generating remission in depressive patients than either pharmaceuticals or nonspecific psychotherapy. (According to research conducted by the Veteran’s Administration/Department of Defense, “Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Depressive Disorder” (2009), CBT is “an empirically-validated psychotherapy that is recommended as a first-line treatment for depression".)


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