CBT has been shown to assist with many different types of problems including anxiety, stress, depressions, panic, phobias, bulimia and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to name just a few. It can also help people who suffer with anger issues and low self-esteem or physical health problems such as pain or fatigue.
CBT can help you to change the way you think and what you do and making these changes can help you to feel better. CBT focuses directly on the “here and now” problems and situations. Rather than focusing on the cause of the patient’s distress or past symptoms, it looks for ways to improve the patients’ current state of mind.
How does CBT work?
CBT helps you to make sense of problems that seem to be overwhelming by breaking them down into smaller parts and in doing so it makes it easier to understand how they are connected and how they affect you.
The issues are broken down into the following parts:
- A Situation – a problem, event or difficult situation. From this can follow:
- Physical feelings
Each of the areas can have an affect on the others and how the patient thinks about an issue or problem will affect how they feel both emotionally and physically.
CBT can help you to break a vicious circle of altered thinking, feelings and behaviour. When you see the parts of the sequence clearly, you can change them – and so change the way you feel. CBT aims to get you to a point where you can ‘do it yourself’, and work out your own ways of tackling these problems.
Thought to be one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem and is the most effective psychological treatment for moderate and severe depression. For many cases of depression, CBT is as effective as antidepressant medication.
Your treatment using CBT will vary in the length of time it takes to complete depending on the type of problem you are having cognitive behavioural therapy for and can be taken in groups on an individual basis.
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