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Depression is a prevalent psychological disorder worldwide, and a search for effective treatments—particularly for clients with minimal accessibility to therapy—has been popularized in the mental health community in the last half-century. Behavioral therapy has become very popular for treating depression, most notably by changing maladaptive behaviors and habits into effective behaviors (Gelder, Marks, & Wolff, 1967). Activation Therapy has come to the forefront of behavioral therapy, making use of activity scheduling, problem solving, selfmonitoring, goal setting, and empowering clients to take charge of their treatment. Through restructuring behaviors, habits, reducing brain activity needed for productive thoughts, and alleviating rumination, Activation Therapy is now considered one of the most preferred treatments for clients with depression (Hopko, Lejuez, Ruggiero, & Eifert, 2003).
Strauss, Brian, "Behavioral Activation Therapy in Treating Depression" (2016). Counselor Education Capstones. 60.
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