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 177 105
Major Depressive Disorder 167 120
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 118 68
Support mental / emotional health 61 41
Social Anxiety Disorder 52 45
Insomnia 46 18

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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 26
Mild 39
None 243

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 21
50 min weekly 13
45 min weekly 12
60 min monthly 8
120 min monthly 7
120 min weekly 6
45 min monthly 5
90 min weekly 5
180 min monthly 3
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 84
Other 66
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 59
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 51
Expense 48
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 34
Doctor's advice 28
Found another therapist or program I preferred 21
Change in health plan coverage 20
I didn't have enough time 17
No convenient appointments available 11
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
1-3 months 8
3-6 months 7
6 months-1 year 10
1-2 years 20
2 years or more 69

Stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
0-1 month 9
1-3 months 56
3-6 months 48
6 months-1 year 63
1-2 years 38
2 years or more 53
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Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 166
Usually 105
Sometimes 39
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 92
A little hard to take 103
Not at all hard to take 81
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 40
$100-199 30
$50-99 35
$25-49 17
< $25 88
Not specified 110
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28 patient evaluations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 26
Condition: Migraine 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vb
I have:
Migraine

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Aug 12, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Daily
Advice & Tips: used

  • 0 helpful marks
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

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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

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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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