Research Results: CBT Reduces Fatigue among Cancer Survivors

A new study just published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can help cancer survivors who are experiencing severe fatigue and functional impairment. If you know someone who has been cured of his or her cancer, but has unexplained fatigue, you may want to check out this study.

112 cancer survivors with severe fatigue were randomly assigned to one of two groups — half of them received CBT, and the other half was assigned to a waitlist for therapy (i.e. they did not receive therapy during the six month timeframe of the study). The group that received CBT treatment showed significantly reduced fatigue and functional impairment as compared to the control group.

Choosing a CT Therapist?

Cognitive Therapy (CT) has been demonstrated to be effective for many disorders in hundreds of clinical trials — it’s one of the most widely tested forms of psychotherapy.  As CT becomes increasingly favored among consumers and insurance companies, many therapists are now “saying” that they practice CT, even if they have not actually received sufficient training. Often, they may simply be incorporating some elements of CT into their practice, without fully delivering actual Cognitive Therapy treatment.

In 1998, Aaron T. Beck, M.D. (who developed Cognitive Therapy in the 1960s) and other leaders in the field established a non-profit certifying organization, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT), to serve consumers, thoroughly evaluate  therapists, and certify those who are truly qualified Cognitive Therapists. If you’re looking for a good Cognitive Therapist, we recommend that you search for an ACT-Certified Cognitive Therapist.

CT Worldwide

We’re going to start highlighting interesting Cognitive Therapy developments in specific U.S. states and countries around the world. You’ll see these highlights here as “CT Worldwide” followed by the location and a description of the new development. If you know of a geographic development that you’d like to see covered here, please let us know.

Books: The Beck Diet Solution is coming soon…

What does Cognitive Therapy (CT) have to do with dieting? That’s exactly what Judith S. Beck talks about in her new book: The Beck Diet Solution: train your brain to think like a thin person. CT has been effectively applied to a broad range of disorders, including eating disorders, and the same techniques that help people learn to think more realistically, feel better, and change their behavior for other problems can also help them to lose weight. Dr. Beck has written a book for consumers with a truly new approach to dieting. It’s a six-week program that provides step-by-step instructions for using cognitive (thinking) and behavioral skills to lose weight and keep it off permanently. Look for The Beck Diet Solution in April of 2007.

Research Results: CBT RESTORES OVULATION IN 80% OF INFERTILE WOMEN

Every week, we receive various email alerts about new research studies in Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. We’re going to start posting links to these research studies here on CT Today. Some research studies may be of interest only to professionals, but we think some of them may interest the layperson as well. Like this one, which shows that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can actually help infertile women start ovulating again. When we post research studies, you’ll see them here as “Research Results,” followed by a sentence about what the study showed.

CBT can restore ovulation in infertile women describes a randomized, controlled trial in which 16 women who had not menstruated in six months were randomly assigned to one of two groups — half of them received CBT treatment for 20 weeks, and the other half were simply observed (no treatment was given to them). Amazingly, 80% of the women who received CBT treatment started ovulating again, compared to only 25% of the group under observation. The Emory University Professor who conducted the study, Professor Sarah L. Berga, M.D., attributes the results to CBT’s ability to reduce hormonal stressors, which had apparently been preventing ovulation. CBT may provide an alternative to costly medical procedures and medication for some infertile women. Results of this study were announced at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Prague, Czech Republic on Tuesday 20 June 2006.