As we approach summer here in Southern California, we are aware that many of our friends and colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere are heading into their winter season. This article is a timely reminder that the things we can change such as our thoughts and our behavior, are so powerful that they can actually override the things we cannot change, such as how much sunlight we have each day.
While light therapy has been shown to be highly effective in treating a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) it only helps about half of the people in subsequent winters. What can give long lasting relief? Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) tailored for seasonal affective disorder. Why? Simply put, light therapy works only as long as you are using it. But CBT teaches skills that are useful forever.
[READ WASHINGTON POST] This winter depression treatment lasts longer than sitting under a bright light.
[READ THE ATLANTIC]Therapy Over Lamps for Seasonal Depression: Cognitive behavioral therapy gives longer-term benefits and is less of a time burden than sitting under a light for 30 minutes a day.
[READ MEDICAL NEWS TODAY] Beating the winter blues with cognitive behavioral therapy.
[READ THE RESEARCH ARTICLE] If you are interested, here is the American Journal of Psychiatry article that discuss these very important research findings
We are pleased that BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour) asked Dr Christine A. Padesky to talk about Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Specifically how CBT skills can help people during times of stress. These skills are useful at all times (holidays included)! The interview was first broadcast December 22, 2015.
"Perfectionism is almost always a trap because it robs us of whatever chances we have in life for joy. The antidote to perfectionism is really putting value on small positives that come our way." (Padesky quote from BBC interview)
Photo Credits: photo of Padesky Copyright 2015 Kathleen A. Mooney, PhD. All rights reserved.
We originally linked to an article in the New York Times on January 11, 2000. The article was titled: "A Pragmatic Man and His No-Nonsense Therapy" and featured Dr Aaron T. Beck at age 78. It describes how he came to develop cognitive therapy and covers his development from a young boy to a brilliant scientist whose endless curiosity led him to develop one of the most successful psychotherapies of all time, Cognitive Therapy.
On June 13, 2005, an historical conversation took place. The founder of Cognitive Therapy, Aaron T. Beck, and the 14th Dalai Lama had a “meeting of the minds” at an international congress for cognitive psychotherapy in Göteborg, Sweden.
Later, Dr. Beck reflected on that meeting and summarized some of the highlights of their discussion, including the similarities between Cognitive Therapy and Buddhism regarding the mind, thinking, common assumptions and change. The Dalai Lama referred to cognitive practices as Analytical Meditation and stated that Dr. Beck’s book Prisoners of Hate was almost like Buddhist literature.
This video clip is 2 minutes 47 seconds in length. By clicking on the photo, you will be directed to vimeo to watch the video.
In 2005, the International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy (ICCP) met in Göteborg, Sweden. Keynote speakers addressed the latest issues in CBT, researchers reported on empirical and theoretical findings, workshops presented state-of-the-art clinical practices, and students displayed their research and new ideas.
On June 13, the attendees were treated to a most amazing dialogue between the founder of Cognitive Therapy, Aaron T. Beck, and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
The topics were wide ranging and included discussions of: the human condition, thinking processes, common assumptions, the process of change, and anger. The Dalai Lama’s intelligence coupled with his joyous demeanor offers a fascinating glimpse into the philosophical world of Buddhist thinking along with Dr. Beck’s clear and concise conceptualizations of the human condition. Both reflect on their philosophies of change and note the similarities of their world views.
The filmed version of the conversation is divided into eleven separate clips ranging in length from about 3 to 11 minutes. The 90 minute “Meeting of the Minds: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Professor Aaron T. Beck” (in conversation) was filmed live and on location by the Center for Cognitive Psychotherapy and Education in Göteborg.
CLICK BELOW to view the 90 minute June 13, 2005 conversation.
The YouTube site does not list the focus of each segment so we have provided that list for you below. You may wish to copy it for reference when watching the video.
Time Stamps - Topic
0:00:00 - 0:02:47 Introduction
0:02:47 - 0:13:58 Negative Thoughts
0:13:59 - 0:25:48 Defining Negative, Positive, and Emotional Feelings
0:25:49 - 0:30:18 Views on Attachment, Attention, and Discontent
0:30:19 - 0:38:31 Pain and Suffering
0:38:32 - 0:50:11 Self-Centered and Society
0:50:12 - 0:57:39 Negative/Positive Imagery
0:57:40 - 1:06:58 Analytical Meditation
1:06:59 - 1:14:48 Secular Education of Modern Ethics
1:14:49 - 1:21:21 Environmental Factors and Society Influence Positive Thinking
1:21:22 - 1:30:06 Closing
This video features a discussion of CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by British clinical psychologist Professor Paul Salkovskis. He was director of the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma in London when this video was produced. Professor Salkovskis is currently Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science at the University of Bath in Bath, England.
Here are a couple important points Professor Salkovskis makes during this video:
Video reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds3wHkwiuCo
Cognitive behavioral therapy may help those with heart disease reduce their risk of heart attack, researchers in Sweden found....those who had the therapy program emphasizing stress management had a 41 percent lower rate of both fatal and non-fatal heart events and 45 percent fewer recurrent heart attacks.
[READ MORE] Therapy helps reduce heart attacks
Laurie's depression started when his son died and eventually meant he had to resign from his job. CBT helped him to cope with day-to-day life.
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Run time 3:20
by NHS Choices Media Library / YouTube (original video date 06/30/08)
Since 2005, the Veterans Administration allocated more than $250 million a year to train therapists in Empirically Supported Therapies (ESTs) in an effort to cope with the influx of traumatized veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. All of these programs highlight CBT
READ ABOUT the Program: Treatment of PTSD
Article from the Philadelphia Inquirer (published May 11, 2008): Had Tony Soprano been under his care, Aaron Beck says he could have cured his panic attacks in two sessions...Psychiatrist John Rush, a leading authority on depression, calls Beck the most important figure in the history of the field, ahead of even Freud. Rush says that Freud made a monumental contribution, unquestionably, but that Beck's therapy treats a broader range of mental illnesses and has been proved in clinical trials to be more effective.
[READ THE FULL ARTICLE] He shows no signs of a Beckian slip ...
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