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 272 178
Major depressive disorder 185 145
Generalized anxiety disorder 128 80
Support mental / emotional health 62 41
Insomnia 53 26
Social anxiety disorder 52 44

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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 17
Moderate 46
Mild 53
None 304

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
Fatigue 4
Increased anxiety 4

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Dosages

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

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 23
weekly 16
60 min monthly 12
50 min weekly 12
120 min monthly 11
45 min weekly 8
90 min monthly 6
monthly 6
45 min monthly 5
90 min weekly 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 95
Other 79
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 67
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 58
Expense 54
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 41
Doctor's advice 28
Found another therapist or program I preferred 27
Change in health plan coverage 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
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Duration

Currently going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 29

Stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 114
6 months - 1 year 70
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 218
Usually 139
Sometimes 50
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 62
Somewhat hard to take 118
A little hard to take 133
Not at all hard to take 107
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 46
$100-199 41
$50-99 41
$25-49 23
< $25 120
Not specified 149
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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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