Cognitive Bias Modification On Anxiety And Depression

1744 Words Apr 20th, 2015 7 Pages
Cognitive bias modification is the practice and process of modifying perceptive biases in people who do not suffer from psychological issues .This is part of a growing area of psychological therapies for anxiety, depression as well as other mental health disorders. Hallion & Ruscio (2011), produced a meta-analysis on the effect of cognitive bias modification on anxiety and depression. This played a crucial role in the maintenance of such conditions. CBM is a technique that uses dot probe training to encourage maladaptive or cognitive biases and was used to test causal models. To date there has been no quantitative research in this area which is needed for further treatment and thus has implications on treatment readily available for patients with such disorders. They found an effect in biases (g=0.49) but there was less of an effect on anxiety and depression (g=0.13), however when they were studied separately they found that these cognitive biases significantly modified anxiety but not depression. These findings match with cognitive theories of anxiety and depression and propose an interactive effect of cognitive biases and stressors on these symptoms. This supports the idea that CBM techniques can improve the lifestyle and health of certain individuals.
Cognitive bias modifications are severely important to mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. These modifications help those who suffer with these impending conditions to create coping mechanisms and…
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