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 186 110
Major Depressive Disorder 168 120
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 119 68
Support mental / emotional health 61 41
Social Anxiety Disorder 52 45
Insomnia 47 19

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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 12
Moderate 27
Mild 40
None 249

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

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 8
Flashbacks 5
Anger 3
Anticipatory anxiety 3
Costly (ie money or time) 3
Depressed mood 3

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Dosages

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

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 24
50 min weekly 14
45 min weekly 10
120 min monthly 9
60 min monthly 7
120 min weekly 7
45 min monthly 6
90 min monthly 5
90 min weekly 4
30 min monthly 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 85
Other 69
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 60
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 52
Expense 49
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 34
Doctor's advice 28
Change in health plan coverage 21
Found another therapist or program I preferred 21
I didn't have enough time 19
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 15
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 17

Stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 107
6 months - 1 year 63
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 171
Usually 107
Sometimes 38
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 45
Somewhat hard to take 93
A little hard to take 106
Not at all hard to take 84
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 40
$100-199 33
$50-99 35
$25-49 17
< $25 90
Not specified 113
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27 patient evaluations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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CupcakeKitten
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CupcakeKitten
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
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

  • 1 helpful mark
MIKE GRIST
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MIKE GRIST
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 4
Mania: 1
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Overwhelming
56 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Mild Depression

See MIKE GRIST's full Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) history

Mar 16, 2015 (Started Feb 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Mild Depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 240 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: difficult to evaluate right now, have only recently started it.

  • 0 helpful marks
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