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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 21
Mild 31
None 181

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

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 7
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 22
45 min weekly 13
50 min weekly 12
120 min monthly 6
120 min weekly 6
60 min monthly 5
45 min monthly 4
90 min weekly 4
30 min daily 3
30 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 80
Other 65
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 57
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 50
Expense 47
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 33
Doctor's advice 25
Change in health plan coverage 20
Found another therapist or program I preferred 20
I didn't have enough time 16
No convenient appointments available 11
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 258 patients who’ve stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration

Currently going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
0-1 month 5
1-3 months 4
3-6 months 6
6 months-1 year 8
1-2 years 20
2 years or more 64

Stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
0-1 month 8
1-3 months 55
3-6 months 47
6 months-1 year 62
1-2 years 38
2 years or more 52

Adherence


Always
Patients
120
50%
Usually
Patients
81
34%
Sometimes
Patients
32
13%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
7
3%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
30
13%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
69
29%
A little hard to take
Patients
82
34%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
59
25%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
29
12%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
21
9%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
20
8%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
11
5%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
72
30%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
87
36%
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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: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
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
44 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

  • 0 helpful marks
MIKE GRIST
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MIKE GRIST
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 4
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
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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