Group Behavioral Therapy for Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems, affecting approximately 17 million Americans per year and costing more than $43 billion per year in death, lost productivity, work absenteeism, and treatment. Although the most extensively researched treatments available (cognitive/behavioral individual therapy and pharmacological interventions) have recovery rates between 50% and 60%, the cost for these treatments remains out of reach for many sufferers and service providers. This need to provide effective, affordable treatment has motivated an upsurge in group treatments for depression. In addition, many of the auxiliary benefits of group participation may be particularly beneficial for depressed clients. The most commonly researched and implemented group interventions for depression typically involve both behavioral and cognitive interventions.

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