Cognitive behavior therapy for children

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Cognitive behavior therapy is a remarkable intervention which has been shown in many research studies to be effective for teenage and childhood and adolescent depression. Essentially what cognitive behavior therapy has is has people look at their thinking. So when you get a poor grade on a test, you could come to several conclusions. Once could be I got a poor grade on that test. Another is I am a terrible student. I am going to fail and I am going to live a miserable life. So the automatic thinking becomes very negative as if it falls off a cliff. The idea of cognitive behavior therapy is to examine critically your automatic negative thinking and to put it into some perspective. CBT is interesting also because it requires who get it, both adults and teenagers and to a lesser extent children, to do homework and so you have to critically examine your thinking. The theory behind cognitive behavior therapy is that some of your feelings follow your throughts. And so CBT attempts to work at a thought level of a person´s negative thinking, typically for anxiety or depression. And it is has been shown to be quite an effective treatment.

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Kenneth Duckworth, MD

Psychiatrist, Harvard Professor & Medical Director for NAMI

Ken Duckworth, MD, serves as the medical director for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is triple board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry and has extensive experience in the public health arena.

Dr. Duckworth is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard University Medical School, and has served as a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Dr. Duckworth has held clinical and leadership positions in community mental health, school psychiatry and now also works as Associate Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Prior to joining NAMI in 2003, Dr. Duckworth served as Acting Commissioner of Mental Health and the Medical Director for Department of Mental Health of Massachusetts, as a psychiatrist on a Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team, and Medical Director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.

Dr. Duckworth attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors and Temple University School of Medicine where he was named to the medical honor society, AOA. While at Temple, he won awards for his work in psychiatry and neurology. He also has a family member living with mental illness.

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