CBT-Therapy Definitely Worth Talking About
CBT, today, seems to be a common treatment acronym attached to a variety of mental maladies affecting as much as a third of today’s population. And while clearly not a panacea for all of these afflictions, CBT, as it turns out, is a very robust, effective, data-validated treatment for disorders such as depression, stress, and anxiety affecting thousands of individuals.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, or CBT, are a range of talking therapies based on the theory that thoughts, feelings, and the things we do and how our body is feeling are all inter-connected. Simply put, if we are able to successfully change any one of these, then we can alter all of the others.
When people feel worried or distressed we often times fall into patterns of thinking and responding that deteriorate how we feel. CBT works to assist us in noticing oncoming “triggers” and changing the problematic response pattern so that we can avoid this onset and feel better instead.
CBT has a very well documented evidence base for a wide range of mental health problems in adults, older adults, and young people.
This research has been carefully reviewed by several esteemed institutions and organizations including the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) who provide evidence-based guidance for the most effective way to treat disease and ill health
What Can CBT Help With?
CBT has been recommended by many worldwide health organizations for treatment of the following conditions:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Schizophrenia and Psychosis
- Bipolar Disorder
More importantly, there is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic pain
- Sleep Disorders/ Insomnia
- Anger Management
CBT can be used if you are on medication or can be used on its own.
How Is CBT Delivered?
CBT can be offered in individual sessions with a therapist or as part of a group. The number of required sessions will depend on the difficulty that you are addressing. This will usually be 6-20 sessions approximately an hour each.
Your therapist will help you notice the patterns in your thinking or poor behaviors that are reoccurring and offer various techniques to help you deal with these patterns effectively.
Your therapist will not make decisions for you. Instead, he/she will help you decide what you need to work on and specific techniques to “work-around” these recurring thinking patterns.
CBT is available in a wide range of settings including hospitals, clinics, and private practices. Sometimes it can be administered in the form of written or computer-based packages.
It can also be done via telephone or video-chat, increasing its availability to even busy working professionals etc.
Self Help CBT
CBT is widely available in books and publications geared for the self-help patient. If you feel that CBT may be helpful, then you should first discuss it with your primary care physician. And, when choosing a therapist, be sure to verify their CBT accreditation.
In the end, many common mental ailments are now readily treatable via various validated CBT techniques and programs. Do not hesitate to access these tools if you feel that they may be of benefit to you or someone you know.