Health Shorts: The ABCs of cognitive therapy

Often a major component of treatment for depression and other mental disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy aims at helping patients recognize and eliminate negative thought patterns.

Among the cognitive skills taught are learning to recognize the:

  • ANTECEDENT event that leads to a
  • BELIEF or pattern of thinking that is negative and self defeating and the
  • CONSEQUENCES of that pattern of thinking.

Turning the negative beliefs into positive ones is an important step toward relieving symptoms of depression.

[SOURCE: Laurie Barclay, “Managing child and adolescent depression: An expert interview with Bernadette Melnyk,” Medscape Medical News, April 28, 2010]

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Last Updated August 26, 2010