Cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression

Nilly Mor*, Dafna Haran

*Corresponding author for this work

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Major Depressive Disorder is one of the most common and debilitating mental disorders. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression has received ample empirical support and is considered one of the most effective modes of treatment for depression. In this article, we review the theoretical underpinnings of this approach, whereby biased cognition and maladaptive behavioral patterns are thought to be core factors contributing to the development and maintenance of depression. We describe cognitive and behavioral strategies and techniques used in the treatment of depression. We conclude with an updated review of outcome research comparing the effectiveness of CBT as a whole and its specific cognitive and behavioral components with a standard treatment of anti-depressant medication.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)269-273
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


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