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Year: 2007

Maximizing daily satisfaction to help alleviate Depression

At a recent case conference, Dr. Aaron Beck met with a patient suffering from depression while graduate students watched the session via live video feed in another room. The patient expressed strong dissatisfaction with his job and career direction (even though he held an objectively desirable position). At the same time, the patient was depressed, and did not presently have enough initiative or belief in himself to alter his trajectory. During the session, after hearing about…
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy helps prevent spread of HIV

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently launched a Healthy Living Project to promote healthful behaviors among those who have HIV. The Healthy Living Project had two phases: 1) to qualitatively investigate and understand the living contexts of those with HIV and 2) to offer an intervention - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Through their randomized controlled study of a CBT intervention, recently published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 3818 people with HIV were…
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Unemployed? Cognitive Behavior Therapy may be able to help

Usually we write in about recent studies -- and this unemployment study is actually from 1997, but we thought it was interesting enough to warrant highlighting. People often ask us about using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) techniques for everyday life issues (as opposed to using CBT for specific psychiatric disorders), and this unemployment study, conducted in the UK, is a great example of how CBT can be applied to other areas. Here's the…
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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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