In this video from Beck Institute’s recent CBT Workshop for Students and Faculty, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses cognitive behavior therapy for patients coping with medical problems.  Dr. Beck explains that depression associated with disease derives from the meaning one attaches to the physical ailment. It is neither realistic nor is it a derivative of disease, itself. Instead, patients who experience physical symptoms of disease may have exaggerated feelings of helplessness which leads to feelings of worthlessness. The depression they experience derives from the negative value judgments they make of themselves.

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