Patient discussion about Behavior modification

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Q. What is cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of depression? What is it all about? Please explain?

Could someone who has actually had this explain what it is all about. I don't want to get a copy and paste answer from a web page somewhere, just a simple explanation in plain simple terms that I could relate to.
A1You mention "for example thoughts of worthlessness"

Could anyone identify other examples of these types of thoughts?

I struggle the most with guilt and shame.

Others:
What others think of me being a recovering alcoholic, someone who has depression, having a son who has been in a penitentiary several times.
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What can anyone really do about these thoughts anyway. I have not come up with anything that works except to offer them all back up to God and let them all go.

What else could a professional come up that is any better than that? I would really like to know. Otherwise, what good would it really do?
A2The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the thought process(es) that lead the patient to depression, for example thoughts of worthlessness etc. CBT has the advantages of being of brief or fixed duration, cost-effective and can foster results in short period, may heighten expectation of rapid change and encourage optimism. However, not every one is suitable for such a constructed and limited approach.

The therapy may be done in a group or in one-on-one sessions, and performed by a professional, so consulting one about the use of this modality may be wise.


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