Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

by John M. Oldham

Now four decades old, cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) is one of the most heavily researched -- and effective -- forms of psychotherapy, useful in treating both psychiatric and medical disorders.

In this compact, richly detailed volume, 13 distinguished contributors show how CBT's primary focus of identifying and changing maladaptive patterns of information

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Now four decades old, cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) is one of the most heavily researched -- and effective -- forms of psychotherapy, useful in treating both psychiatric and medical disorders.

In this compact, richly detailed volume, 13 distinguished contributors show how CBT's primary focus of identifying and changing maladaptive patterns of information processing and related behaviors is fully compatible with biological theories and treatments and can be combined with pharmacotherapy to optimize treatment results in clinical practice. In five chapters that illustrate the broadening reach and scope of CBT, these experts discuss • Schizophrenia -- Shows clinicians how to incorporate the strengths of CBT into their daily practices for treating patients with schizophrenia. CBT methods (e.g., thought recording, examining the evidence, activity scheduling, graded task assignments, psychoeducation) can help relieve both positive and negative symptoms, reduce the stigma associated with the illness, improve depression and anxiety, and increase social skills.• Bipolar I disorder -- Focuses on a concerted effort to educate the patient about bipolar disorder, which helps patients and families develop an "early warning" system and be prepared with interventions to forestall relapse. CBT methods also teach patients how to reduce common psychosocial stressors and adhere to their prescribed medications.• Computer-assisted CBT -- Discusses an exciting new frontier that has already found excellent levels of patient acceptance and can reduce the amount of clinician time required for successful treatment. Using virtual reality and other technologies, computer-assisted CBT enhances therapy by providing interactive methods of learning and rehearsing CBT skills and by illustrating problem-solving methods with multimedia scenarios.• CBT for treating physical illnesses -- Details the positive benefits for CBT in many different types of medical disorders, such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. CBT can help change negative automatic thoughts ("What's the use?"), reduce anxiety and depression, and ultimately help the patient develop adaptive beliefs, identify and mobilize inherent strengths, and maximize healthy behavioral strategies.• CBT for children and adolescents -- Reviews the robust effects for CBT in children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and depression and demonstrates how these methods can be used in clinical practice. Findings from numerous studies demonstrate that CBT is effective in individual, group, and family formats and can also be used to reduce vulnerability to depression in adolescents who are at risk.

This exceptional volume enriches our understanding of the strengths of CBT and provides new opportunities for helping patients. As such, it will be welcomed by clinicians and students alike.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

[Cognitive Behavior Therapy] provides an excellent overview of the broadening scope of CBT and highlights the inherent adaptability of CBT strategies to multiple types of psychiatric disorders. The volume presents a good combination of CBT theory, techniques, and review of research outcomes. Each chapter outlines key issues and technique modifications to consider with the respective disorders and client populations. The text will likely prompt interest in empirically supported approaches to treatment of severe psychopathology; CBT for medical patients, children, and adolescents; and novel formats of CBT application. The volume is easy to digest and will be an important contribution to the library of a range of clinicians with the interest in those areas, and CBT more broadly.

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Patricia M. Meaden, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is part of a series exploring the bi-directional relationship between behavior and brain function. The editor sets out to present how applications of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) to severe biological illnesses demonstrate the adaptive potential of working with ideas, emotions, and perceptions to improve brain biology and facilitate healing.
Purpose: The editor proposes to demonstrate new uses of CBT in treating biologically-based physical and mental illness. This offers the potential for influencing health professionals to integrate CBT into uncharted areas as a means of improving outcomes. Except for the chapter on computer-assisted CBT, however, this book does not offer any information that is not available elsewhere regarding the practice of CBT.
Audience: This book provides basic instructions on how and why CBT is used with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, some physical illness, and with children and adolescents. It is geared for use by health professionals and is a credible source of basic information in these areas.
Features: The title of this book is very general, and the content is not well-integrated. Each chapter provides interesting information from reliable sources in the field of CBT. However, the book fails to deliver new insights into the relationship between behavior change and changes in the brain, as alluded to in the introduction.
Assessment: Four of the chapters in this book provide a rationale for adding CBT to biological interventions with specific populations. The fifth chapter presents information regarding computer programs that enhance the psychotherapy process. Each chapter is well-written by distinguished authors offering how-to's for practicing CBT and research supporting the effectiveness of CBT with each population. Each chapter stands alone. The book does not hang together with a central theme, nor does it provide new neuroscientific explanations for how or why CBT works.
3 Stars from Doody

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Product Details

American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
Review of Psychiatry
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Christine A. Padesky

Wright's volume is welcome for its emphasis on more complex and emergent applications of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) than typically offered in review texts. Those already familiar with CBT will be intrigued to learn how well their skills transfer to applications with schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, people with physical illnesses as well as with children and adolescents. Psychiatrists new to CBT will understand more clearly why this approach has gained so many followers and will be delighted to learn how computers can assist in the delivery of these services.

Aaron T. Beck

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy details the latest advances in the fastest growing form of psychotherapy in the world. It is essential reading for researchers as well as clinicians.

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