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Month: April 2007

Men Have Eating Disorders – Cognitive Therapy Can Help

Anorexia and bulimia are not just affecting women. A recent Harvard Medical School survey showed that nationally, 25% of those with anorexia or bulimia and 40% of those who binge eat are male. The reported prevalence of eating disorders among men was much higher than previously expected. This article in the Washington Post discusses the survey, and notes that, "Treatment for males and females involves cognitive therapy to overcome a distorted body image, which…
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Cognitive Restructuring Group

We recently received the following update from Kevin Benbow about the positive effects of teaching Cognitive Restructuring in a group format: About six months ago I came up with the idea to create a group based on the premises of Greenberger and Padesky's "Mind Over Mood."  This was a pilot program, and the intention of the group was to solely teach the basics of cognitive restructuring to the participants.   This…
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CBT for Smoking Cessation among Cancer Patients

Smoking, alcohol use and depression often co-exist at high rates among patients with head and neck cancer. Researchers recently designed a randomized, controlled study to see whether patients with head and neck cancer and at least one of the above traits improved with integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) that addressed all of the above factors. 184 patients were randomly assigned to either usual care or 9-11 CBT phone sessions plus optional medications over a period of six months.…
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Using Cognitive Therapy to treat Delusions

Dr. Aaron Beck recently responded to an interviewer's questions about addressing delusions among Schizophrenic patients. One of the central tenets of Cognitive Therapy is that individuals learn to evaluate their thinking and look for evidence that supports and/or contradicts their perceptions. The interviewer asked Dr. Beck how this pursuit of evidence plays out when individuals are having delusions and literally 'seeing' objects/people that aren't really there. Interviewer: How... do you persuade someone to ignore the evidence…
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Homework

I often tell therapists and patients that the way people get better is to make small changes in their thinking and behavior every day. That's why it's important for patients to do homework - just talking to a therapist for an hour a week is unlikely to be of much help to most people with psychiatric disorders. Homework frequently involves having patients change their distorted thinking so they see reality…
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Can’t leave home? Phone therapy can help

A new study shows that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) delivered entirely by phone can help depressed patients - with lasting results. 393 mildly depressed patients already on antidepressants received either standard care, or antidepressants plus CBT. Those in the CBT group received 10-12 phone sessions over the course of a year. At the end of the study, the CBT group had improved more than those who received standard care (77% improved compared to 63%…
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