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Depression and Chronic Illness

CBT for Medical Conditions By Norman Cotterell, PhD Depression is sometimes regarded as the common cold of psychiatric conditions. It is a debilitating condition, sapping individuals of their desire for life, for hope, for movement. This article will describe the negative effects depression has on chronic illness, how to recognize it, and how to encourage clients toward self-care. Aaron Beck’s cognitive therapy was developed specifically as a treatment for depression. When…
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The New “Homework” in Cognitive Behavior Therapy

The New “Homework” in Cognitive Behavior Therapy By Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., and Francine R. Broder, Psy.D. Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. We’ve stopped using the word “homework” in CBT. Too many clients take exception to that term. It reminds them of the drudgery of assignments they had to do at home when they were at school. So in recent times, we’ve switched. “Homework” is now called the “Action Plan.” We…
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