CBT 101

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used therapy techniques to treat anxiety, depression, and many other emotional and even physical issues. CBT has been researched and tested for decades with people from different ages and backgrounds and has been found to not only treat symptoms successfully, but people also find that the positive effects of CBT last long after they have completed treatment.

Go-To Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

One of the factors that makes CBT the go-to treatment for disorders like anxiety and depression is that it’s more effective than many other therapies, and even medication used to treat these disorders. Since with medication, you only benefit from the effects as long as you’re taking the medication. However, once you stop, your symptoms can return. You also must consider that medications have side effects and other complications, which is why it’s important to find alternative ways to cope with anxiety and depression.

Benefits of CBT

One of the great benefits of CBT is that the effects of the treatment can last for years, even long after you’ve completed therapy. This happens because the CBT therapist teaches you skills where you learn to retrain your brain to think and process information differently. Once you tap into these skills, you’re view of yourself and the world around you changes, making you better able to manage your symptoms.

In the next article, I’ll discuss the cycle of how anxiety and depression develop and how symptoms are maintained. Then I’ll explain how you can reverse some of the ways you see and interpret situations in order to break this cycle and empower yourself to confront stressors and life challenges.

Also, check out my blog on other topics concerning anxiety, depression, and CBT.

Dr. Michael Messina

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