What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a type of psychological treatment that deals with the negative vibes that worsen the mental state leading to mental problems like anxiety, depression, and emotional problems. It is a short term treatment that aims at sorting out a specific problem and to solve the issues faced by the individuals by making them think from the positive perspective of life. The CBT helps the individuals to recognize the issue they are facing and to sort it out effectively replacing the depressed and pessimist approach with optimism and life.

It is considered to be a combination of psychological and behavioural therapy. It deals with the relation between the issue, thing pattern, and behavioural approach.

This has been proven to help a lot in case a person is under the influence of negative thoughts and detrimental emotions. Such behaviour does not only affects the mental faculty but also sometimes renders the individual inactive physically. CBT takes it as a challenge to alter such thoughts and bring a positive attitude in the life of the sufferer.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is not very long term, in fact, for very serious issues this therapy takes a maximum of 10 months with one session a week.

Mental Health Disorders that can be treated by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT focuses on solving mental issues in a short time. The mental health disorders that are being successfully treated by cognitive behavioral therapy include the following:

Addictions

Anyone may be addicted to any habit or any individual can take this treatment for help to eliminate the addiction and live a free life.

Anger issues

Any person who has sudden anger issues and cannot help this, get hyper on trivial things which result in personal loss, can take CBT to learn how to control and manage anger and stay relaxed in unfavourable situations.

Anxiety attacks

Anyone fearful of some situation and get extremely worried or get panic attacks in such situations can take CBT to learn how to keep calm and relaxed in situations that make you stressed.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder which is also known as manic depression is a sudden shift in mood and the behaviour becomes extremely unpredictable, this can also be treated through the sessions of CBT.

Depression

Depression is regarded as one of the most common mood disorder which results in the period of long term sadness and the one in depression lose interest in everything else. The severity of it may lead to suicidal thoughts and so can be declared as a deadly mood disorder. Cognitive-behavioural therapy helps to control this situation by helping the individual to realize the things he/she possesses and must be grateful for.

Depression

Depression is regarded as one of the most common mood disorder which results in the period of long term sadness and the one in depression lose interest in everything else. The severity of it may lead to suicidal thoughts and so can be declared as a deadly mood disorder. Cognitive-behavioural therapy helps to control this situation by helping the individual to realize the things he/she possesses and must be grateful for.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are linked with depression, anxiety. It may result in excessive eating or loss of appetite, which has a serious impact on physical health. Anyone suffering from this condition can seek help from cognitive behavioural therapy.

Personality disorders

This involves the inability to think about the situations properly and may result in a negative attitude towards situations. When it comes to CBT, it is treated within a short time. If anyone suffering from this situation and unable to enjoy life due to negative thoughts, cognitive behavioural therapy can help.

How it works

Emotions and thoughts have a major role in describing the attitude and behaviour of a person. If you want to change your behaviour, you need to change the way you think. If you think good, good will happen and if you think bad, even good happening cannot give you happiness. So, this is how CBT works. It changes the way one may think. If you always think about getting failed in the exam, the probability of actually get failed become comparatively high as compared to when you think of clearing the exam with good marks. There is a possibility you might not participate in an exam which is even worse than getting failed.

If you think something bad is going to happen, you will try to avoid the situation and won’t take risks and won’t exceed in life. So, positive thinking is very important for a positive attitude and positive events in life.

Now, let us have a look at how cognitive behavioural therapy works.

  • CBT is a short-term treatment with good results.
  • CBT helps the person to recognize what is the negativity and pessimist approach which is causing them trouble. CBT helps the clients to recognize the problem.
  • CBT helps in the treatment of issues that are not otherwise easy to treat with simple psychological medicines.
  • CBT has been shown to effectively treat a wide variety of behavioural issues that people face.
  • CBT is comparatively affordable when talking about some other behavioural therapy methods.
  • It develops a positive attitude in the client and teaches them how to think positively even in the worst situations.
  • It helps the clients to deal with the difficult and unfavourable conditions effectively.

The Strategies

The strategies that CBT employs for improvement in behavioral approach include the following.

Shun away negative thoughts

It is very essential to realize the role of emotions and thought on the behavior and attitude and then to change the way of thinking that is causing issues. This helps one to discover more and understand deep about oneself. So, getting rid of negative thoughts is very important.

Practice new skills

To keep oneself busy, it is very important to engage in activities that make one happy. New skills can be practiced which is a productive usage of time which otherwise one may spend in disturbing thoughts.

Set goals

Setting new goals helps to engage the mind and think great in a productive way, which is a very positive approach in attitude.

Solve problems on your own

CBT teaches the client how they have to solve their issue strategically on their own and how clients have to build themselves strong enough to cope up with the worst situations.

Improve continuously

CBT functions in a way that helps individuals to build confidence in oneself, learn from the situations, and improve gradually to become a better and strong person.

CBT is an effective short-term behavioral therapeutic technique that helps people that are suffering from mental and mood disorders in a very effective way.

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