The Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, was a pioneer in the combined use of cognitive therapy and pharmacologic treatment. Cognitive therapy and other cognitive-behavioral therapies continue to be major treatment approaches at Rush, both for inpatients and outpatients. The Department of Psychiatry has participated in an important study of the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of chronic depression, and it is a site in a major research project studying the prevention of recurrence in depression with medication and cognitive therapy.
Cognitive therapy is an active, structured form of psychotherapy based on the idea that the way an individual views the world has a major influence on emotions and behavior. Dysfunctional cognitions (thoughts or mental pictures) lead to unpleasant feelings and maladaptive behavior. A variety of cognitive and behavioral strategies are employed to help the individual recognize the connection between automatic negative thoughts, emotions and behavior and substitute more useful interpretations for dysfunctional beliefs.
Cognitive therapy and other cognitive-behavioral therapies offered by the Department of Psychiatry at Rush are evidence-based treatments. The efficacy of these treatments in depression, anxiety disorders and other disorders is supported by the results of scientific research.
Cognitive therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapies at Rush is available from several sources, including our cognitive therapy team, Adult Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, Cognitive Therapy Center, and Affective Disorders Inpatient Unit.
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1725 W. Harrison St., Suite 958
Chicago, IL 60612
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