Cognitive Therapy for Depression

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Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Cognitive Therapy also known as (CT) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed by the psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck. This style of therapy is one that can change the unrealistic views and way of thinking of the client. This paper will discuss Cognitive Therapy for Depression on children, adults, the evidence that supports CT, and the disadvantages and advantages of CT. This paper will also discuss on how certain life experiences can cause psychological distress and how depression can develop in one’s life from childhood all the way to becoming an adult. The goal of Cognitive Therapy is to provide help to patients/clients become aware of their behavior, and challenge their negative thoughts that can
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Some people may complain about continuing to have the thoughts over time, but overtime it should be minimal. CT is designed to help reduce symptoms of a disorder. CT is a time limited therapy and the client must be aware that CT OR CBT will eventually come to an end. The therapist teaches the client positive approaches to a better way of life. Therapist utilizes these approaches to treat mental disorders, depression, and GAD.
Advantages of Cognitive Therapy
One of the advantages is that of antidepressant medications. This is one of the most popular treatments as well. In most cases Cognitive Therapy in conjunction with antidepressant medication can be very helpful. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies are very instructive. Once the clients/patients understands and learn how to counsel themselves rationally, they gain the confidence that they will continue to do well because they can see the change in their lives. For this reason, cognitive-behavioral therapists teach their clients rational self-counseling skills.
Disadvantages of Cognitive Therapy
For a client to benefit from CBT it is important for the client to be fully committed to the process. The therapist can offer the tools and advice, but cannot change the
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