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 250 162
major depressive disorder 185 143
generalized anxiety disorder 126 78
Support mental / emotional health 61 41
insomnia 52 24
social anxiety disorder 52 45

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 15
Moderate 44
Mild 53
None 293

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 30
120 min monthly 14
50 min weekly 12
60 min monthly 11
45 min weekly 10
45 min monthly 5
90 min monthly 5
90 min weekly 4
50 min monthly 3
30 min weekly 3

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Why patients stopped taking Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Felt finished with this treatment 92
Other 76
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 64
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 56
Expense 53
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 40
Doctor's advice 28
Found another therapist or program I preferred 27
Change in health plan coverage 23
I didn't have enough time 19
No convenient appointments available 11
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 25

Stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 112
6 months - 1 year 70
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 40
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 214
Usually 131
Sometimes 47
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 117
A little hard to take 126
Not at all hard to take 103
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 46
$100-199 38
$50-99 40
$25-49 19
< $25 117
Not specified 145
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28 patient evaluations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Carebear84
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Carebear84
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Overwhelming
33 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: vg
I have:
bipolar II disorder

See Carebear84's full Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) history

Mar 30, 2017 (Started Feb 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Paranoid thinking)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: CBT is a very helpful way to quickly rewire your brain to be more well
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Keeper of the Flame
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Keeper of the Flame
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F59y
FM:8y Dx
CFS:?y
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: 2 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
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
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