In Brief: Act, don't think, to relieve depression

In Brief

Act, don't think, to relieve depression

Published: February, 2007

That's the conclusion of a study comparing standard cognitive behavioral therapy with an expanded version of behavioral therapy called behavioral activation therapy.

Cognitive therapy targets persistent self-defeating thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy, a version that includes behavioral training and homework, has become one of the most widely used treatments for depression. But some researchers have questioned how much work the cognitive part of the therapy really does.

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