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Month: March 2007

Forbes Magazine: Patient Fix Thyself… Cognitive Behavior Therapy… may be better than Prozac

  "Dump the Couch! And ditch the Zoloft. A new therapy revolution is here," says the cover of the April, 2007 issue of Forbes Magazine. Forbes is referring to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which has "been shown to be surprisingly effective in quelling an ever expanding array of mental maladies: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome, bulimia, hypochondria--even insomnia. Now almost 150 clinical trials are under way to…
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Cognitive Behavior Therapist – How to Find One

Two days ago, we received a great comment that said, "This is *not* what I experienced when I saw a cognitive-behavioral therapist... I wish cognitive-behavioral therapy as described on this site was available. Too many CBT therapists are not well-trained and refuse to think!" (you can read Sam's full comments about the kind of 'CBT' that he and his friend received on this post - his is the fourth comment down). We…
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HBO Film on Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Addiction

HBO is launching a new addiction project, and one of its films features Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as the "most effective treatment for stimulant addiction." The film follows a group of individuals undergoing CBT treatment for addiction at the Matrix Institute in California.   CBT for stimulant addiction, including methamphetamine and cocaine use, teaches individuals how to recognize their triggers and thought patterns and learn strategies to stop using in the present, and prevent relapse in the…
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Cognitive Behavioral Aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A recent study followed 620 patients with gastroenteritis (an infection or inflammation of the stomach area) to see if they went on to develop Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (a more chronic bowel disorder). Researchers wanted to evaluate whether those who developed IBS had any psychological factors in common. And in fact, they did. Patients completed a psychological self-report measure when initially infected, then at 3 and 6 months. Of the 620 patients, 49 of them developed IBS - and these 49 patients also had higher perceived stress, anxiety and negative…
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Most influential therapists of the past 25 years

A 2006 survey of 2,598 therapists showed that the 2nd most influential therapist was Aaron T. Beck, M.D. (the 1st most influential was Carl Rogers...). What's more, 68.7% of the therapists surveyed say that they practice Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)! This is quite a change from 40 years ago.
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Setting the Agenda in session

A frequent question I'm asked by clinicians who are not cognitive therapists is why we set agendas toward the beginning of sessions with patients. They often think that doing so will result in their missing out on important information. I tell them that we've found the opposite to be generally true. We ask patients, "What problems do you want my help in solving today?" and guide them into naming the…
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