Behavioral Activation / Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression

Behavioral activation is an extremely effective treatment for depression. Interest in behavioral activation increased following a CBT dismantling study which showed that behavioral activation was as effective a component as cognitive therapy in the treatment of depression (Jacobson et al, 1996). Since the component analysis study (which used behavioral interventions recommended by Beck, Rush, Shaw & Emery, 1979) behavioral activation has been developed into a treatment in its own right with a more comprehensive philosophical underpinning. Separate teams have developed and evaluated slightly different behavioural activation treatment approaches: Behavioral Activation (BA), and Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD).

Intervention

  • Behavioral activation treatment for depression - revised (BATD-R) manual (Lejuez, Hopko, Acierno, Daughters, Pagoto, 2011) sagepub.com
  • Behavioral activation treatment for depression (BATD) manual (Lejuez, Hopko & Hopko, 2001) kent.edu archive.org
  • Get active feel good (behavioral activation) - CBT workbook from CEDAR exeter.ac.uk archive.org
  • Valued Living Questionnaire (Version 2) div12.org archive.org
  • If you do something 100 times you will get pretty good at it ta-tutor.com

Lectures

Papers

  • Dimidjian et al (2006). Randomized trial of behavioral activation, cognitive therapy, and antidepressant medication in the acute treatment of adults with major depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74(4), 658-670 abnormalwootwoot.com archive.org
  • Dobson, K. S., Hollon, S. D., Dimidjian, S., Schmaling, K. B., Kohlenberg, R. J., Gallop, R. J., ... & Jacobson, N. S. (2008). Randomized trial of behavioral activation, cognitive therapy, and antidepressant medication in the prevention of relapse and recurrence in major depression. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 76(3), 468 nih.gov
  • *Ferster, C. B. (1973). A functional analysis of depression. American Psychologist, 28 (10), 857. kent.edu archive.org
  • Jacobson, N. S., Martell, C. R., & Dimidjian, S. (2001). Behavioral activation treatment for depression: Returning to contextual roots. Clinical Psychology: science and practice, 8(3), 255-270. kent.edu archive.org
  • Jacobson, N. S., Dobson, K. S., Truax, P. A., Addis, M. E., Koerner, K., Gollan, J. K., Gortner, E., Prince, S. E. (1996). A component analysis of cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(2), 295-305 coe.uh.edu archive.org
  • Veale, D. (2008). Behavioral activation for depression. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 14, 29-36 apt.rcpsych.org veale.co.uk

Other materials

The South London and Maudsley (SLAM) IAPT service have developed a great series of booklets detailing their behavioral activation for depression program.

Behavioural Activation for Depression

Booklets

  1. Introduction to BA for depression slam-iapt.nhs.uk archive.org
  2. Monitoring activity and mood slam-iapt.nhs.uk archive.org
  3. Roadmap: The activation plan slam-iapt.nhs.uk archive.org
  4. Finding direction: values,flow, and strengths slam-iapt.nhs.uk archive.org
  5. Avoidance and the depression TRAPs slam-iapt.nhs.uk archive.org
  6. Problem solving slam-iapt.nhs.uk archive.org
  7. Thinking habits slam-iapt.nhs.uk archive.org
  8. Next steps slam-iapt.nhs.uk archive.org