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Table 1 Outline of the Behavioral Activation Therapy Program

From: Behavioral activation therapy for depression and anxiety in cancer patients: a case series study

  Theme Aims/Contents
1 Let’s begin Understand the relationship between emotions and behaviors
Learn tips on how to avoid being preoccupied by cancer in order to regain pleasure and meaning in life
2 Identify the relationship between emotions and behaviors Explore the relationship between emotions and daily activities
Identify patterns of anxiety and depression, and patterns of feeling calm
3 Identify activities that make your life pleasurable Clarify values in life
Identify activities that are achievable in your current situation
4 Review the results of activities Evaluate the usefulness and difficulty of each activity
Discuss ways to participate in activities that are challenging to engage in
5 Identify difficult situations Identify situations that are likely to lead to anxiety and depression
Identify thoughts that occur in the early stages of anxiety and depression, and any vicious cycle that may be involved
6 Understand ways to change your feelings Identify pros and cons of negative thinking
7 Learn to live a life of value Review how the program helped change patterns of daily life
Identify future goals and make plans to achieve them
8 Wrap-up and graduation Review what has been learned through the program
Identify future goals and make plans to achieve them