DIAGNOSIS: Depression

TREATMENT: Group Behavioral Activation Therapy for Depression


  • Basic premise: When people get depressed, they may increasingly disengage from their routines and withdraw from their environment. Over time, this avoidance exacerbates depressed mood, as individuals lose opportunities to be positively reinforced through pleasant experiences, social activity, or experiences of mastery.
  • Essence of therapy: Behavioral Activation (BA) seeks to increase the patient’s contact with sources of reward by helping them get more active and, in so doing, improve one’s life context.


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Zemestani, M., Davoodi, I., Honarmand, M. M., Zargar, Y., & Ottaviani, C. (2016). Comparative effects of group metacognitive therapy versus behavioural activation in moderately depressed students. Journal of Mental Health, 25(6), 479-485.