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Behavioral activation therapy effectively treats depression, study finds

Research we’re watching Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatments for depression. However, it can be expensive, and qualified therapists are often in short supply. One component of that technique is behavioral activation therapy (BA), which centers on changing a person’s behavior rather than the way he or she thinks. As such, mental health workers without advanced degrees in medicine or psychology can teach this technique. A team of…

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