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 294 185
Major depressive disorder 191 147
Generalized anxiety disorder 135 83
Bipolar disorder 73 35
Support mental / emotional health 62 41
Insomnia 58 27

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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 17
Moderate 46
Mild 59
None 318

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

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 9
Flashbacks 8
Depressed mood 5
Frustration 5
Stress 5
Anger 4

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Dosages

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

Dosage Patients
weekly 32
60 min weekly 23
monthly 23
50 min weekly 14
45 min weekly 9
60 min monthly 8
120 min monthly 7
45 min monthly 5
90 min monthly 5
50 min monthly 2

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Why patients stopped taking Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Felt finished with this treatment 100
Other 87
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 71
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 62
Expense 54
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 44
Doctor's advice 31
Found another therapist or program I preferred 29
Change in health plan coverage 24
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
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Duration

Currently going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 35

Stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 117
6 months - 1 year 70
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 226
Usually 149
Sometimes 51
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 66
Somewhat hard to take 125
A little hard to take 139
Not at all hard to take 110
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 47
$100-199 45
$50-99 43
$25-49 24
< $25 124
Not specified 157
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28 patient evaluations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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