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 209 134
Major Depressive Disorder 172 131
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 121 73
Support mental / emotional health 61 41
Social Anxiety Disorder 52 45
Insomnia 49 22

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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 14
Moderate 33
Mild 49
None 268

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
Agitation 3
Anticipatory anxiety 3

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Dosages

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

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 28
120 min monthly 11
50 min weekly 9
45 min weekly 8
60 min monthly 7
45 min monthly 5
90 min monthly 4
90 min weekly 4
120 min weekly 4
30 min daily 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 87
Other 70
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 65
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 53
Expense 49
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 35
Doctor's advice 28
Change in health plan coverage 23
Found another therapist or program I preferred 22
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 7
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 21

Stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 110
6 months - 1 year 66
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 191
Usually 117
Sometimes 43
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 51
Somewhat hard to take 105
A little hard to take 117
Not at all hard to take 91
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 36
$50-99 36
$25-49 18
< $25 99
Not specified 133
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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: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
Description:F59y
CFS:?y
FM:8y Dx
I am: b
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: 2
Mania: 0
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
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