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How can cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) help with depression?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatments for depression. CBT helps teach you how to identify and change negative thoughts that are encouraging your depressed mood.
John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most well-researched and most commonly prescribed type of therapy used to treat depression. The concept behind CBT is that when you’re depressed, your thinking patterns are skewed. You tend to dwell on negative events, overgeneralize about normal problems, see matters only in black and white, anticipate negative outcomes, assume the worst about others’ intentions and set unfair or unrealistic standards for yourself and others. As you can imagine, these types of thoughts can make a depressed person’s inner world a very unfriendly and negative place. CBT aims to teach the depressed person new ways to think that are more balanced and realistic, and then to change certain behaviors that may be contributing to the depression.
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