Brief Cognitive Therapy After a Major Depressive Episode Can Have Enduring Benefits

by CBT Psychology ~ February 1st, 2010. Filed under: Blog.

Brief Cognitive Therapy After a Major Depressive Episode Can Have Enduring Benefits. For patients who have recovered from an episode of major depression but are at high risk for recurrence, attending a brief course of group cognitive therapy sessions soon after remission can prevent recurrence for 5 years or more, new research shows. The preventive cognitive therapy focused mainly on identifying and changing dysfunctional attitudes, enhancing positive memories by keeping a diary of positive experiences, and formulating specific relapse/recurrence prevention strategies, the researchers note.  Further research, they add, is needed to identify the “essential ingredients” of the therapies that work, as well as which therapies work the best for specific patient groups, with the goal of bringing relapse rates down further. In the meantime, based on available evidence, the researchers conclude that “implementing brief relapse prevention cognitive therapy for recurrent depression could be a type of continued care that at least disrupts the rhythm of depression.” J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70:1621-1628.

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