What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

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 can either be done as individual therapy or in a group environment.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 220 144
Major Depressive Disorder 175 137
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 121 75
Support mental / emotional health 61 41
Social Anxiety Disorder 52 45
Insomnia 50 24

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 15
Moderate 36
Mild 49
None 277

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 9
Flashbacks 7
Depressed mood 5
Anger 4
Increased anxiety 4
Agitation 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 29
120 min monthly 10
60 min monthly 9
45 min weekly 7
50 min weekly 7
45 min monthly 6
90 min weekly 6
90 min monthly 4
120 min weekly 4
30 min daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Felt finished with this treatment 88
Other 71
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 64
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 54
Expense 49
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 36
Doctor's advice 28
Change in health plan coverage 23
Found another therapist or program I preferred 23
I didn't have enough time 20
No convenient appointments available 12
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 279 patients who’ve stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration

Currently going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 21

Stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 109
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 198
Usually 121
Sometimes 44
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 53
Somewhat hard to take 110
A little hard to take 119
Not at all hard to take 95
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 43
$100-199 36
$50-99 37
$25-49 18
< $25 105
Not specified 138
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27 patient evaluations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Keeper of the Flame
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Keeper of the Flame
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F59y
CFS:?y
FM:8y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Keeper of the Flame's full Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) history

Dec 29, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Mild Depression)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: I have been seeing Dr. O for over 20 years now and we have made a lot of progress over the years. I am taking many meds and most days I feel almost normal but like I said it has been a long road so don't give up. Keep experimenting with meds until you find the right combination to help you out. CBT will never be a perfect science. I do feel so much better after a session with Dr. O. It is so cleansing to get everything off of my chest to a person who is there to listen and not judge me. I see a psychiatrist at a federally funded clinic so I am able to see Dr. O for only $20 a month so if you check around you might be able to find a doctor who is in a price range that you can afford. A local health department might be able to direct you to the right place...
Cost: < $25 monthly

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CupcakeKitten
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CupcakeKitten
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

See CupcakeKitten's full Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) history

Jan 26, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Low self esteem)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Anxious mood, Anticipatory anxiety)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Mazin Z
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Mazin Z
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
45 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
OCD

See Mazin Z's full Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) history

Dec 12, 2015 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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