Q&A

Behavioral Activation for Depression

Behavioral Activation for Depression

Behavioral activation is a personalized intervention that aims to increase an individual’s activities to help them think differently and feel better. Psychologist Carl Lejuez explains how it works.

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I find behavioural activation so challenging. Especially when trying to convey empathy and at the same time finding a way to push clients. What would be your best tip for getting started?
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Is BA effective as a standalone treatment for depression, even without the inclusion of cognitive therapy?
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What is the key target (or mechanism of change) when using BA for depression?
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If someone presents with depression, should you aim to activate first or focus on cognitions or both?
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Does behavioral activation include working with values, or is it more about goals?
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