What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Category: Psychotherapy

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See also: Cognitive therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an umbrella-term for psychotherapeutic systems that deal with cognitions, interpretations, beliefs and responses, with the aim of influencing problematic emotions and behaviors. It is usually done in a group environment but can also done as self-guided practice.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major Depressive Disorder 123 33
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 99 31
Support mental / emotional health 60 28
Social Anxiety Disorder 47 19
Depressed mood 44 20
Post-traumatic stress disorder 43 14

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 67
50 min weekly 30
120 min monthly 27
60 min monthly 24
45 min weekly 15
100 min monthly 11
90 min monthly 9
45 min monthly 6
120 min weekly 6
1 hr weekly 5
Why Patients Stopped Cognitive behavioral therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Felt finished with this treatment 64
Other 51
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 38
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 37
Expense 33
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 21
Doctor's advice 20
Change in health plan coverage 14
I didn't have enough time 13
Found another therapist or program I preferred 13
No convenient appointments available 5
Not indicated 2
Did not seem to work 2
Side effects too severe 1
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 196 patients who’ve stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 37
Stopped Going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 12
1-3 months 42
3-6 months 35
6 months-1 year 46
1-2 years 29
2 years or more 32
Adherence
Always
84 51%
Usually
61 37%
Sometimes
19 12%
Never
1 1%
Burden
Very
19 12%
Somewhat
53 32%
A little
55 33%
Not at all
38 23%
Cost
$200+
23 20%
$100-199
18 15%
$50-99
17 15%
$25-49
8 7%
< $25
51 44%
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28 patient evaluations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

LittleBean
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LittleBean
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
30 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: vg
I have:
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

See LittleBean's full Cognitive Behavioral Therapy history

Sep 10, 2013 (Started Nov 28, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder): Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder): Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Social Anxiety Disorder: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 120 min Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 28, 2010 (Started Nov 28, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Social Anxiety Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder): Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 120 min Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
biker72
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biker72
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: None
Stiffness: Some
function: Most
external_stress: Little
Stickman: little
Description:M42y
CFS:5y Dx
FM:5y Dx
I am: g
I have:
ME/CFS

See biker72's full Cognitive Behavioral Therapy history

Jun 24, 2013 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 100 min Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
Helix
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Helix
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
33 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: vb
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

See Helix's full Cognitive Behavioral Therapy history

Aug 18, 2012 (Started Aug 17, 1987)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Bipolar Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Be honest. Be open. Everyone has issues and if you can talk about them honestly you will be taking care of yourself and it will help. Forgive yourself for your faults and know that you can reverse bad habits, moods, attitudes, thoughts and patterns.

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