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Recommendations for use of CBT for people living with dementia

There are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. It is estimated that around 20% of these people also experience symptoms of depression and 21% experience symptoms of anxiety.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy which has been shown to be effective in treating common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. However, very few people living with dementia are offered CBT. Additionally, some clinicians may be unsure about the best ways of working with people with dementia.

Evidence shows that some people living with dementia do benefit from CBT intervention. ADAPT Lab have developed a video with recommendations for the use of CBT in people with dementia. This may be particularly useful for clinicians involved in delivering CBT, or for anyone with an interest in dementia and mental health.

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