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Month: June 2012

The Positive and Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

In this video from a recent workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses CBT treatment for the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. First, Dr. Beck clarifies the difference between negative symptoms (such as social withdrawal) and positive symptoms (such as delusions and hallucinations). Then he explains that treating the negative symptoms of schizophrenia helps patients to reengage in life. As patients become more engaged, their positive symptoms…
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Group CBT for Social Phobia is Effective in Community Mental Health Clinics

According to a recent study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy, cognitive behaviour group therapy (CBGT) is effective within the community mental health setting. The current study compared outcomes from a CBGT 12-session protocol used within a research unit to outcomes from the same protocol used within a community mental health clinic (CMHC). Though participants in the CMHC sample had more severe symptomology and life interference; were more likely to…
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The Versatility of Cognitive Behavior Therapy

In this video clip from a recent 3-day CBT Workshop at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the similarities and differences between CBT for Depression and CBT for Schizophrenia. Dr. Beck explains that both treatments aim to help patients relinquish their feelings of alienation and to elevate their beliefs about themselves and their future. Treatment for Schizophrenia also addresses the specific symptoms of schizophrenia, such…
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Online Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Reduces Perceived Stress Levels

There is evidence that Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can be an effective intervention for a wide range of chronic health problems.  Previous research suggests that mindfulness practices help alleviate stress. The authors of the current study sought to determine if online MBCT would also help decrease perceived stress levels among a self-referred sample.  Participants (100) took part in a 6-week mindfulness based stress reduction and cognitive therapy intervention program.…
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression

In this clip from a recent 3-day workshop at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses CBT strategies for suicidal patients facing a number of losses or negative events (e.g., loss of job/family/assets/health/etc.) Dr. Beck explains that depression stems from the meaning one attaches to life events rather than the events themselves. For example, a person who is vulnerable to depression might believe, "Losing my job…
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CBT is Effective for Cocaine Addiction

A recent study published in Addictive Behaviors sought to determine whether the use of D-cycloserine (DCS), a cognitive enhancer, would improve the effects of CBT treatment and boost abstinence and treatment retention goals among cocaine addicts. Forty-four patients were randomly assigned to receive TAU (12-Step technique), four weeks of CBT treatment combined with DCS medication, or four weeks of CBT treatment combined with a placebo medication. Results indicate that the…
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