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Tag: Behavioral Activation

SPARX: A New and Effective Computerized, CBT Self-Help Intervention for Depression

According to a recent randomized control trial published in the British Medical Journal, a new computerized cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) intervention, SPARX (Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-factor thoughts), may reduce depressive symptoms in adolescents seeking treatment as much or more than treatment as usual. SPARX, which is similar in presentation to interactive fantasy avatar computer games, provides CBT interventions (e.g., psychoeducation, activity scheduling, behavioral activation, relaxation training, cognitive restructuring, and homework,…
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Adolescents with SSRI-resistant Depression show improved response to treatment that includes CBT

A new study in JAMA reported that approximately 60% of depressed adolescents respond adequately to initial treatments with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), but there is a lack of information about subsequent treatment strategies. Four treatment strategies were employed in this study including medication-switching alone (to a different SSRI or to venlafaxine) and medication-switching plus cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT in this study emphasized cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, emotion…
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