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Month: November 2012

CBT is Effective for Trait Anxiety and Worry

According to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, both cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and short term psychodynamic psychotherapy (STPP), help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).  In the long-term however, CBT has demonstrated superiority in measures of trait anxiety and worry. Participants (n=57) in the current study were treated with either CBT (n=29) or STPP (n=28) for up to 30…
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Long-Term Comparison of Traditional CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

According to a recent study published in Behavior Therapy, traditional cognitive behavior therapy (CT) may be more effective for treating anxiety and depression in the long-term than Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The current study is a follow up comparison of the long-term outcomes of CT and ACT. The original study measured symptoms of students seeking treatment, (n=132) age 18-52 (M=26.7) before and after receiving CT and ACT. At post…
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CBT for Substance Abuse

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses cognitive behavior therapy for addictions and explains the methodology and effectiveness of in-office desensitization with substance use disorder patients. Dr. Beck also references a recent book, Group Cognitive Therapy for Addictions, which he co-authored with Amy Wenzel, Ph.D., Bruce Liese, Ph.D., and Dara Friedman-Wheeler, Ph.D. For CBT resources, visit Beck Institute's CBT Store: Beck…
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Group Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Low Back Pain among Primary Care Patients

According to a recent study published in PAIN, group cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) is effective in reducing low back pain (LBI) and disability over a 12-month period. The results indicate that the effects of CBI are maintained for up to an average of 34 months. Participants (701, ages 18 and older), recruited from primary care settings in England who were experiencing at least moderately troublesome lower back pain for at…
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Tips for Cognitive Behavior Therapists

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck explains that effective therapists often incorporate cleverness and creativity into guiding their patients toward correcting erroneous beliefs. Dr. Beck also discusses mistakes that inexperienced therapists sometimes make, such as jumping from misinterpretation to misinterpretation. Dr. Beck advises therapists to work through erroneous cognitions, one at a time; however, he also cautions against focusing too long…
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From our Archives: Coping with Depression

Newsweek, January 8, 1973 This article (below), published in Newsweek in early 1973, takes us back almost 40 years into the history of depression, exemplifying just how far we’ve progressed in understanding and treating depression. Early research findings in the causes and treatment of depression, which remain significant and valuable today, are noted and credited to several scientists including Dr. Aaron Beck. Dr. Beck is referenced and quoted on pages…
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