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Cognitive Therapy of Depressed Suicidal Outpatients

  • Aaron T. Beck
  • David Burns

Abstract

We have been conducting a series of studies testing the efficacy of short-term structured psychotherapy for chronically or intermittently depressed suicidal outpatients. To date we have treated over 200 depressed patients with a new psycotherapeutic approach which we call cognitive therapy. This approach views depression as a disorder having emotional, motivational, behavioral, and cognitive components. We find that the cognitive component involves distorted thinking which is quite accessible to intervention with a variety of techniques which will be described below. We have found that the changes in the patient’s distorted cognitions have a profound effect on the emotional and behavioral components of the syndrome, resulting in significant and rapid improvement.

Keywords

Fatigue Depression Europe Carbon Monoxide Imipramine 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron T. Beck
    • 1
  • David Burns
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pennsylvania School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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