In this section, we will share “toolz” that can help to improve mental health. Please keep in mind that online tools and information are not appropriate for all types of problems. It’s important to seek help and treatment if you are currently in crisis. You are not alone. Please visit our resources page for information, links, and hotlines you can call (also in the footer of this page).
*By CognitiveTherapyGuide.org. For information on how to fill out a Thought Record, go to: http://www.cognitivetherapyguide.org/thought-records.htm
While we continue to develop this site and find tools to share, check out this study that highlights many tools and skills used to manage mood and anxiety.
Effectiveness of Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Tools in Reducing Depression and Anxiety: A Mixed Method Study
This study compares the use of tools and skills in Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Training, and Usual Treatment among patients diagnosed with a mood disorder. The authors found that, of 17 total tools, two were used most frequently across all patients: the Thought Record Record and Thought Distortion. The third most widely used tool was GRAPES!
The frequency of using thought management tools (thought records and thought distortions) was related to a reduction in reported depression. Patients also reported a reduction in anxiety, although it was not statistically significant.
Here’s the direct link to the study: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/psych.2014.515178
Citation: Alexander, V. L., & Tatum, B. C. (2014). Effectiveness of Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Tools in Reducing Depression and Anxiety: A Mixed Method Study. Psychology, 5, 1702-1713.