Behavioral Activation Strategies for Major Depression in Transdiagnostic Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: An Evidence-Based Case Study

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Behavioral activation (BA) is a treatment approach that uses functional analysis and context-dependent strategies to enhance environmental positive reinforcement for adaptive, healthy behavior, and decrease behavioral avoidance. BA has gained considerable support for the treatment of depression and can be broadly applied across a wide range of settings and clinical populations. In this article, we provide a brief description of BA as a therapeutic behavioral strategy for depression and present a clinical case example illustrating the integration of BA with other components of a transdiagnostic cognitive–behavioral treatment for emotional disorders. Implications for clinical practice and avenues for future research will be discussed.

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