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date: 30 November 2020

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Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the most prevalent mood disorder. The 1-year prevalence rate of MDD among adults in the United States is approximately 6.7%. MDD provides an excellent example for examining the efficacy of CBT for adult mood disorders. Cognitive behavior therapy is an evidence-based, psychosocial intervention for MDD. There is substantial research literature on CBT that evaluates the efficacy of CBT for various populations of patients with MDD. Although results are consistently promising, there are a number of important directions for future research. CBT for depression usually has certain components and structure. In addition, the research literature and the extensive clinical experience of experts working in this area lead to some clinical guidelines for practitioners who are using CBT to treat MDD. We conclude with a discussion of future directions for research on CBT for depression.

Keywords: cognitive behavior therapy, major depressive disorder, CBT for depression, CBT components and structure, clinical guidelines

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