Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Updated: Jul 19, 2022
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a psychology modality with a high effectiveness with improving symptoms of anxiety and depression. The concept behind this treatment is that thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are linked. So thoughts and behaviors can be adapted to improve the emotional state of an individual.
Even though CBT is based on the three interrelated dimensions focus on the cognitive aspect is often used. This is because people have automatic thoughts which often go unrecognized throughout the day. These thoughts make up the underlying framework through which a person sees a situation. People who suffer from chronic anxiety and depression often experience automatic thoughts which are extreme and unrealistic. These types of thoughts can make one mistake seem like an insurmountable obstacle or over-generalize so that one or two things going wrong can become a belief that an entire day (or lifetime) is doomed to failure. Thinking in this way can create more feelings of anxiety and depression so recognizing and reframing thoughts can be extremely helpful for treating these disorders.
CBT based ideas have also been expanded on and applied to the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other types of psychological disorders. Recognizing the relationship between thoughts, behaviors, and emotions and uncovering your own automatic thoughts can help you work through fear or other emotional challenges that arise.
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