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Mood Disorders: Effects of Intensive CBT

A recent study in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice found that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions used in an intensive partial-hospital (PH) setting are effective in treating severe mood disorders. PH settings differ from inpatient treatment in that they are more flexible and less expensive. In this study, with CBT as the primary treatment, the length of stay was only 2 weeks. The researchers' aims were to find the specific…

Generalized Anxiety Disorder — CBT Benefits Older Adults in Primary Care

The results of a randomized clinical trial published in JAMA indicate that cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can be effective for older adults with symptoms of worry and depression. The 3-month CBT protocol was conducted in primary care clinics and included education, cognitive therapy, and problem-solving skills. Measures included the Beck Anxiety Inventory and Beck Depression Inventory II. Post-treatment assessments were conducted every three months over fifteen months. Compared with the…

Group CBT for Inpatients

In a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, researchers investigated the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy (CBGT) incorporated into the typical routine treatment of an inpatient psychiatric unit. Typically the aim of inpatient treatment is to stabilize patients and prevent crises. The goals of CBGT in this study were to decrease violent and aggressive behavior, to improve relations among patients and between patients and professionals, to normalize…