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Cognitive therapy in the treatment of low self-esteem

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Beck's cognitive therapy originally developed as a short-term treatment for depression (Beck et al, 1979). It has been shown to be effective with a range of other disorders including panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social phobia, eating disorders and sexual dysfunction (Roth et al, 1996). It is promising in the treatment of yet more disorders, many of which have traditionally been thought relatively impervious to psychotherapy, for example, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue and psychosis (Clark & Fairburn, 1997). However, not everyone responds well to short-term cognitive therapy. In particular, it has been proposed that people with multiple, chronic problems that are apparently expressions of personality, rather than temporary responses to adverse life experiences, require more extended therapy (Beck et al, 1990).

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