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 233 150
Major Depressive Disorder 180 141
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 123 76
Support mental / emotional health 61 41
Social Anxiety Disorder 52 45
Insomnia 50 23

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 15
Moderate 39
Mild 51
None 281

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
Anticipatory anxiety 3
Costly (ie money or time) 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 12
50 min weekly 11
60 min monthly 8
45 min weekly 8
45 min monthly 5
90 min monthly 4
90 min weekly 3
120 min weekly 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 92
Other 74
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 63
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 54
Expense 51
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 36
Doctor's advice 28
Found another therapist or program I preferred 24
Change in health plan coverage 23
I didn't have enough time 19
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
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 23

Stopped going to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 109
6 months - 1 year 69
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 205
Usually 122
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 55
Somewhat hard to take 113
A little hard to take 117
Not at all hard to take 101
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 44
$100-199 35
$50-99 39
$25-49 18
< $25 108
Not specified 142
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28 patient evaluations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Carebear84
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Carebear84
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Overwhelming
33 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Bipolar II

See Carebear84's full Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) history

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

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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: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F59y
CFS:?y
FM:8y Dx
I am: g
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: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
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
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