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CBT for Stress-Related Problems in Parents of Children with Disabilities

Many parents who have children suffering from some form of chronic illness or mental disorder may experience chronic stress reactions of various types. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been proved to be effective in reducing stress-related problems, but there seems to be no study to date in which CBT has been tested on this specific parent group. Two case studies were therefore performed. Case 1 centered on a 47-year-old married…
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An Introduction to CBT for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Torrey Creed, PhD     Adjunct Faculty, Beck Institute While a description of CBT for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) would require a large volume (at least), let's highlight several important areas to consider when working with people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). First, a word about what we do not do in CBT for ASD: we do not treat the ASD itself. CBT will not move someone to being…
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The Role of Play in CBT with Children

By Torrey Creed, PhD Seasoned child therapists who pursue training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) often ask the same question: "I usually spend time playing with my clients, but in CBT, do you ever actually just play with kids?" This question is not as simple as it may first appear, and the answer addresses two important principles behind the therapeutic work. First, the answer to this question is yes... and…
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CBT plus Medication is Effective for Chronic Migraine in Children and Adolescents

According to a recent study published in JAMA, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) plus amitriptyline (a tricyclic antidepressant used in the treatment of migraines) may be an effective treatment for chronic migraines in children and adolescents. In the current study, researchers compared the efficacy of CBT plus amitriptyline versus headache education plus amitriptyline. Participants included 135 youth aged 10 to 17 diagnosed with chronic migraine. They were randomized to either the…
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CBT Helps Prevent Depression in At-Risk Adolescents

Research from a randomized clinical trial recently published in JAMA Psychiatry indicates that group cognitive-behavioral prevention (CBP) may help prevent depression in at-risk adolescents. Participants included 316 adolescents with current or past elevated depressive symptoms and whose parents experienced current and/or prior depression. They were randomly assigned to either the CBP group or care as usual (CU). The CBP intervention consisted of eight weeks of weekly 90-minute group sessions, as…
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CBT Shows Promise for Anxious Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is an umbrella term representing a range of persistent cognitive deficits and impairments in communication and social interaction, often diagnosed by age two, and includes autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders. Children with ASD are at an elevated risk for developing anxiety disorders, which can become highly debilitating across environmental contexts (home, school, and social contexts). The results of previous research (case studies, small…
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