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Category: Depression

Telephone-Administered CBT is Effective for Depressed MS Patients with High Social Support

A study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine demonstrates that individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) who have high levels of social support receive significant benefits from telephone-administrated cognitive behavioral therapy (T-CBT). The current study compared T-CBT to telephone-administered emotion-focused therapy (T-EFT) among depressed MS patients with both high and low levels of social support. Participants (n=127) were randomized to receive either T-CBT (n=62) or T-EFT (n=65).  Both treatments were…
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Preventive Antenatal Group CBT for Chinese Women with Depression

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), major depression, including postnatal depression (PND), will be the second highest worldwide cause of disability and death by 2020. A recent study published in the International Journal of Nursing Practice, suggests that cognitive behavior therapy may be a promising treatment for women, worldwide, who suffer with PND. Participants in the current study (n = 97) included pregnant Chinese women with mild to moderate…
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Identifying Suicide Risk

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck describes ways to identify a person at risk for suicide. He discusses immediate risk factors (such as those shown through the use of predictive scales), peripheral risk factors, and demographic risk factors. Dr. Beck also discusses his previous research involving the post-attempt suicide ideation scale and important findings from that research. Beck Institute's next CBT…
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CBT is Effective for Adherence and Depression in HIV-Infected Injection Drug Users

A recent study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy for adherence and depression (CBT-AD) can be an effective treatment for decreasing depression and increasing adherence to medication in HIV-infected injection drug users. The present study examined the effects of time-limited CBT-AD on participants with HIV and depression, and currently receiving treatment for their injection drug use.  Participants (n=89) ranged from age 18 to…
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CBT plus Medication is Effective for Treatment Resistant Depression

According to a new study published online in The Lancet (December 7, 2012) and Contemporary Clinical Trials, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) as an adjunct to usual care has shown to be an effective treatment for reducing depression and improving quality of life in patients with treatment resistant depression. Although pharmacotherapy is often used as a first-line treatment for depression, only one-third of patients fully respond to anti-depressants and only half…
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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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