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Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD)

Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD) is a short-term (8-20 sessions), evidence-based psychotherapy specifically designed to target depressive symptoms in adults and adolescence. A major depressive episode can be characterized by several psychiatric symptoms including sadness, loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities, significant weight loss or gain, difficulties sleeping, poor energy and concentration, irritability, hopelessness, and suicidal thinking. BATD is a structured, individual psychotherapy that seeks to identify a client’s important life areas, corresponding values, and activities that are consistent with your values. As values and activities are identified, the client and provider collaborate to schedule activities that bring enjoyment and importance. In general, when individuals are submerged in activities or environments that are rewarding, pleasurable, and valuable, depressive symptoms are likely to dissipate. For additional information about BATD, please visit the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 12: the Society of Clinical Psychology: Behavioral Activation for Depression | Society of Clinical Psychology (

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