Forbes Magazine: Patient Fix Thyself… Cognitive Behavior Therapy… may be better than Prozac


“Dump the Couch! And ditch the Zoloft. A new therapy revolution is here,” says the cover of the April, 2007 issue of Forbes Magazine.

Forbes is referring to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which has “been shown to be surprisingly effective in quelling an ever expanding array of mental maladies: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome, bulimia, hypochondria–even insomnia. Now almost 150 clinical trials are under way to learn whether CBT also can help patients with Tourette’s syndrome, gambling addiction, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome and more; one trial studies the therapy in children who have been sexually abused.”

The Forbes article highlights patients who improved with CBT, and includes commentary from leaders in the field, including Dr. Aaron Beck.

7 replies
  1. J.J. Lewis, LMSW
    J.J. Lewis, LMSW says:

    This excellent article provides a great deal of support for cognitive therapy and its effectiveness for a variety of mental health issues. While trained in a psychodynamic perspective, I find that utilizing cognitive therapy with many of my patients has had amazing results. I have also had great success utilizing a more analytic perspective in the past. However, as I think more about it, my patients have had the ultimate success when I’ve utilized cognitive therapy.

    I don’t think we should shirk the effectiveness of psychoanalysis. It is a helpful modality for many patients. I am all for doing “what works” and cognitive therapy has demonstrated its effectiveness in clinical trials AND in my own practice.

  2. Alvaro
    Alvaro says:

    What a fun article. Congratulations on starting to become mainstream and get more people aware of the power of our mental habits-and how they can be retrained.

  3. lancealmekian
    lancealmekian says:

    Yeah that’s good thing yeah! Congrats mga amerikanos kong kapatid!!!

    @ Alvaro
    Can I ask how can we retreain our minds? I desperately need to… I’m dying inside… and I have no one to turn to… there’s a few filipino therapists knowledgeable with CBT (haven’t seen a lot though… talked to about 7 in the famous psychopathological institution here in Manila, of the 7 there’s only a single person who knows what it stands for… Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of course… but they didn’t have no idea)

    Please help… do you have self-help pdf’s that teach you exactly that?

  4. Jane Spangler
    Jane Spangler says:

    To lancealmekian: These books about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT) are recommended by a CBT therapist. Several people cautioned that one MUST do the exercises in order to benefit from the book–just reading the books won’t work. The “http…” addresses should be copied or typed into your computer’s “search” box. They will take you to

    The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns–about $13.09

    10 Days to Self-Esteem–$10.68

    One other recommended book:
    Mind Over Mood–$15.09, by D. Greenberger & C. Padesky

  5. Alvaro
    Alvaro says:

    Dear lancealmekian,

    My apologies for my late response. I only saw your message now. Jane recommends some great books. As she mentions, the most important thing is not to read but to PRACTICE. Start small, and then do more.

    For example, next time you think “I’m dying inside”, automatically remind yourself to appreciate the fact that you are alive. You can breath, can’t you? You can read, can’t you? you can write. you can help other people. you can learn.

    With repeated practice, you can develop new mental habits. Those new mental habits will lead you to constructive actions, in a virtuous circle, since positive actions will help generate posive thoughts in your mind.

    Please, breath. Deep. Find 10 things to be thankful for. Write them. Do this everyday-it takes 2 minutes! Be aware of negative thoughts, and substitute them with constructive ones. Find meaningful actions you can do for yourself and those around you. Think of “mind training” as going to the gym and exercising your different muscles-it requires practice.

    CBT can help you. Biofeedback can help you too, both are support tools for your training. But the initiative needs to come from you. One step at a time.

    I hope this helps.


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