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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT; said as one word, not single letters) is a modern form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that combines mindfulness and acceptance with behavior change processes to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility is defined in this context as the ability to behave consistently with one’s values in the presence of difficult psychological experiences. ACT is a transdiagnostic psychotherapy with broad scope; it has been successfully applied to the treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance abuse, psychosis, personality disorders), health behaviors (e.g., epilepsy, weight loss, pain, diabetes management), and other psychologically relevant issues (e.g., prejudice, burnout, marital problems, clinical training, work-related stress). To date, there have been more than 100 randomized controlled trials conducted on ACT. ...

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