Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) pioneer Dr. Aaron Beck has passed away at the age of 100.
CBT, which is used to treat depression, psychiatric problems, and psychological disorders, is a psychological treatment that focuses on changing specific behaviors and thought processes.
Beck is credited with changing the field of mental health through his development of cognitive therapy, which he developed while working as a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania, according to a statement from the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Beck died peacefully at his home, his daughter said in a statement on Monday.
âMy father has dedicated his life to developing and testing treatments to improve the lives of countless people around the world facing health and mental health challenges,â said his daughter, Judith Beck, who co-founded with her. the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. father, said in a statement.
“He has truly transformed the field of mental health with his development and decades of research in cognitive behavioral therapy,” she added.
Several studies suggest that CBT leads to a significant improvement in function and quality of life, according to the American Psychological Association, adding that in numerous studies it has been shown to be as effective or more effective than other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric drugs.
Beck was trained as a psychoanalyst and his study of psychoanalytic concepts of depression led to his development of cognitive therapy in the 1960s, according to the Beck Institute.
The American Psychologist journal called him “one of the five most influential psychotherapists of all time,” the Beck Institute said.
Beck is the author or co-author of over 600 published books in the field and has received over 50 academic awards for his research and contributions in the field of mental health, such as the Heinz Award for the Human Condition in 2001 and the Albert Lasker Prize for Clinical Medical Research in 2006, added the Beck Institute.
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