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Month: August 2009

Hopelessness Among Clinically Depressed Youth

Emily Becker-Weidman, a former staff member of Beck Institute, left us in 2004 to pursue her doctorate in Psychology at Northwestern University. She has recently published her first article, and we're proud of her! In their study, Becker-Weidman, Reinecke, Jacobs, and Martinovich (2009), examined predictors of hopelessness among 439 clinically depressed adolescents. Using multiple regression and logistic regression analyses, the authors found hopelessness to be correlated with greater severity of…
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder Benefited More by CBT than by Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

A recent randomized controlled study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry compared the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Participants were randomly assigned to either a CBT treatment group or a short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy treatment group that was based on supportive-expressive therapy. Participants in the CBT group focused on "changing and controlling worrying and catastrophizing anticipations" using CBT strategies such as planning recreational activities, worry…
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Concreteness Training Improves Depressive Symptoms of Dysphoric Individuals

A recent randomized control study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology was performed to determine if increasing concreteness in the thinking of dysphoric individuals would affect depressive symptoms. Previous research had shown that a cognitive bias to process self-relevant information in an abstract and overgeneralized manner is related to the onset and maintenance of depression and depressive symptoms. Individuals with this cognitive bias have been labeled as dysphoric individuals. The current study examined…
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Cognitive Therapy and Saudi Culture

Recently, Leslie Sokol, Ph.D., our Director of Education, traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to provide a five-day training program to psychiatrists.  "One of the most rewarding parts of my training was weaving their culture into the work I was presenting on Cognitive Therapy.  It was really enriching, for example, to address the cultural tradition of prayer in my lectures on stress and anger management.  For instance, imagine walking down the…
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Anorexia Nervosa Relapse Prevention Benefited by CBT

A recent clinical study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found preliminary evidence supporting the notion that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is beneficial to preventing relapse and improving outcomes in patients with weight-restored Anorexia Nervosa (AN). The aim of the present study was to compare the relapse prevention effectiveness of CBT versus maintenance treatment as usual (MTAU) for weight-restored AN. Participants were patients suffering from AN who were part…
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