Cognitive behavioural therapy

What is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)?

Psychosocial therapies such as CBT can provide a clinical adjunct to pharmacological therapy. CBT aims to generate links between patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours using cognitive restructuring to facilitate the understanding and management of these patterns. A variety of interventions can be labelled as CBT, but the primary approaches focus on coping strategies and problem solving skills.

What is the evidence for CBT?

Moderate quality evidence suggests CBT improves depression and functioning. Moderate to low quality evidence suggests CBT also improves mania and reduces relapse.

April 2019

Last updated at: 2:00 am, 3rd April 2019
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