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Generic Cognitive Model

As a way of simplifying the cognitive model to facilitate a more rapid formulation of a case, Dr. Aaron Beck has proposed a generic cognitive model model. Dr. Beck has applied this model to a host of difficult presentations ranging from bipolar depression to hallucinations to everyday problems like procrastination.

Dr. Beck explains that it is possible to simplify the complete cognitive model by consolidating the various processes into a cognitive-behavioral triad. This procedure can provide a quick snap shot of a selected condition sparing the necessity for spelling out each of the variables.

“My Adventures in Psychopharmacology”

There’s a great article in New York Magazine about a young woman whose psychiatrist started her on a roller coaster of medications at the age of 16. She found out about Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) several years later when she read an article her parents had mailed to her. She said that CBT was:

“…a treatment Dr. Titrate [not his real name] had always dismissed. After I read it, I set up an appointment.  Read more