Mood and anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect approximately 20 million American adults. These disorders can disrupt every aspect of a person's life - emotions, thought processes, behavior and physical health. According to the World Health Organization, major depression is the leading cause of disability in America. And, according to the National Institute of Mental Health anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in America. The good news is that mood disorders, like depression and anxiety disorders, are treatable illnesses.
Effective treatments for mood and anxiety disorders are available, and new, improved therapies can help most people lead productive, fulfilling lives. One of these therapies is known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Recent studies have shown CBT to be as effective as medication in treating mood and anxiety disorders. In addition, the rate of relapse has been found to be lower in patients completing CBT.
About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the scientific fact that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors. If we can change the way we think, we can change our responses and behaviors. CBT uses an instructional approach that requires patients to fulfill "homework" assignments in order to practice the skills they are learning. Collaboration between the therapist and the patient determines a course of therapy that helps patients "unlearn" unwanted reactions and to learn new ways of thinking.
About the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
The Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital is designed to provide an intensive psychotherapy experience for patients. Using CBT as their primary tool, therapists work with patients over a period of 12 to 16 weeks, or more if needed, through three phases of therapy.
In this phase, the patient meets with a CBT therapist to gather history, formulate a diagnosis, develop a treatment plan and determine frequency of visits. Medication management, which may be used very effectively in conjunction with CBT, may also be discussed during this phase.
In this phase the patient meets individually with a CBT therapist to learn cognitive behavioral skills and strategies. These sessions are designed to teach relaxation strategies and to learn ways to restructure negative thoughts that are often the stimuli for anxiety, worry and depressive feelings. During this phase the therapist and patient will uncover basic beliefs and/or critical incidents that shape a patient's thoughts and reactions. "Homework" assignments help patients identify and record situations that cause anxious and depressive reactions.
During this final, critical part of the recovery process, patients practice the application of techniques and strategies they have learned in actual anxiety/depression provoking situations. Homework changes from recording emotions, thoughts and behaviors to a more experiential mode. Together the therapist and patient identify situations that may have produced immobilizing anxiety or depression months before and plan an activity that allows the patient to test his or her cognitive behavioral strategies.
Learn More About Laureate Psychiatric Clinic
The Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at Laureate is available to all patients with a diagnosed mood and anxiety disorder. If you or someone you know needs help, call 918-491-3700 and ask for an appointment with one of our Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program clinicians.
Helpful Reading Materials
"The Feeling Good Handbook," by David Burns, M.D.
"The Mindful Way Through Anxiety," by Susan Orsillo, Ph.D.
"The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook," by Edmund Bourne, Ph.D.
"Face Your Fears," by David Tolin, Ph.D.