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CBT is an effective treatment for treating mild to moderate depression. It is effective even in combination with other forms of treatment options such as antidepressants or other medications. Founded by Aaron Beck, he proposed the cognitive triad theory that states that depression is characterized by negative thoughts about oneself, others, and life.

CBT deals with depression by starting off with modifying behaviours that cause or worsen depressive symptoms, and replacing them with those activities that lead to feelings of accomplishment or produce pleasure. Activities could be as simple as making their bed, reading, or eating regular meals. In addition, CBT also focuses on identifying negative automatic thoughts and then challenging them. These thoughts could be, “I am worthless”, “I will never be happy”, “Nobody would want to spend time with me”, etc. Thus, clients may be asked to write a thought diary every time they have a negative thought, evidence against which can be found with the therapist in the sessions. CBT also helps individuals recognize distortions in their thinking such as all-or-nothing thinking (seeing things as black and white), overgeneralization (assigning one negative event’s meaning to other events), fortune telling (making negative predictions about the future), etc.

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How effective is CBT for Depression?

CBT has been proven to be very effective for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. CBT with medications for severe depression has also been proven to be effective.

How does it work?

A CBT therapist will help a depressed individual find alternative ways of thinking and encourage them to engage in activities that they previously used to enjoy. CBT is a collaborative process between the client and the therapist and thus requires consistency, commitment to do the homework, and willingness to examine the thought patterns on behalf of the client. 

How many numbers of sessions are required? 

CBT is a short term therapy treatment. However, the number of sessions will depend on the severity of the individual’s condition. Change happens gradually so it is best not to have predisposed ideas about the session limits. 

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