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Research Results: CBT May Reduce Depression Relapse after ECT

  Many studies have demonstrated that Cognitive Therapy (CT) is effective for depression, and twice as effective as medication in preventing relapse among depressed patients. So what's new in CT for Depression research? A recent initial study shows that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) may decrease the risk of relapse specifically for depressed patients who are undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). For this study, six patients received 12 weeks of CBT following a course of ECT-only treatment. At follow up, five of the…
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Aaron Beck Video Clips

People often ask us for video footage of Aaron T. Beck, especially students. Here is a list of all the video footage we are aware of: Brief Video Clips of Aaron T. Beck: 2006 Lasker Foundation Interview Clips with Aaron Beck (Free) Aaron Beck speaks about origins of CT, how psychological treatments affect physiology, and widening use of CT, plus a clip of Beck and the Dalai Lama. If you have trouble viewing the…
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One Therapist Writes In: Switching to CBT

Last week, we received the following in an email from a therapist in Arizona who began using CBT with his clients, and for his own battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Here's what he experienced, in his own words: I am a Licensed Associate Counselor in Arizona currently working toward independent status.  I have had supervisors of various theoretical orientations.  A few months into my M. A. internship it became apparent that very few had…
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Research Results: Group CBT Reduces Anxiety among Women with Breast Cancer

A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that group Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can reduce unwanted thoughts, anxiety and stress among women who have recently had breast cancer surgery. For this study, 199 women who had recently had breast cancer surgery were randomly assigned to one of two groups -- they received either 10 weeks of group CBT, or a one-day seminar following surgery. The University of Miami, Florida…
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Aaron T. Beck Writes In: Early Response to CT, and Current Success

The following is a direct email excerpt from Dr. Beck's conversation with an interviewer. [In response to a question about meeting resistance in publishing articles about Cognitive Therapy (CT) when Dr. Beck was first developing CT.] Dr. Beck: I did not have any resistance at all in publishing articles in psychiatric journals at the very beginning of my description of the theory and therapy. My first two articles in 1963…
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Research Results: New Review Shows CBT is Effective for Children & Adolescents with OCD

A new review shows that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is effective for pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). CBT can reduce distress and interfering symptoms among children and adolescents with OCD, and reduce the risk of relapse. CBT is effective by itself, and is also effective with medication, more so than medication alone. This review evaluated four separate studies, which were all randomized controlled trials of CBT for OCD.
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