What is Behavioral activation?

What is Behavioral activation?
Behavioral activation is a type of psychotherapy that aims to increase positive behaviors and decrease negative behaviors that contribute to depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders. This therapy is based on the idea that depression and other disorders are caused by a lack of positive reinforcement in one’s life, leading to a reduction in pleasurable activities and an increase in avoidance and negative thinking.
The goal of behavioral activation is to help individuals identify activities that are pleasurable and meaningful to them, and to gradually increase engagement in those activities. This can involve scheduling enjoyable activities, setting goals, and breaking tasks down into smaller, manageable steps. By engaging in positive behaviors, individuals can experience a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment, which can help to counteract negative thinking patterns and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Behavioral activation is often used as part of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety. It can be administered by a trained mental health professional or in self-help format.
Shervan K Shahhian

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  1. Great article on behavioral activation and how it can help individuals increase positive behaviors and decrease negative behaviors that contribute to depression and anxiety.
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