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Year: 2007

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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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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