Targeting behavioural activation better both for decreasing depression and increasing wellbeing (first post)
Last updated on 6th August 2015
There are a series of meta-analyses showing that "behavioural activation" (BA) is a good treatment for depression and that it is as effective as best-established approaches like full cognitive behavioural therapy - see, for example, last year's paper by Trevor and colleagues "Behavioral activation treatments for depression in adults: a meta-analysis and review". BA involves encouraging increased engagement in enjoyable activities. Subjects may be asked to keep a record of their daily activities and associated feelings - for example, feelings of achievement and enjoyment. The downloadable charts and handouts further down this website's "Problem solving and behavioural activation" page illustrate this well-known approach.