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How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy in dealing with depression and emotional distress?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Very effective: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can be very helpful for depression & emotional distress. With it, you explore your thinking patterns and see how these can lead to depressed feelings. With your therapist's help, you learn ways of moving beyond these, or correcting assumptions that lead to suffering. In terms of effectiveness, cbt can outlast antidepressants, and also improve outcomes.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
For some it can be: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
PSYCHOTHERAPY: Psychotherapy is very individual and there is no "one size fits all." You are unique. Please consult with a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy. Your emotional distress is heightened because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay safe, cautious & hold on to hope to elevate your immunity.

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