Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of psychological treatment used to reduce distress by changing the way you think, feel and behave. As the name suggests cognitive behavior therapies include techniques to change thought process (cognitive) and the way you behave (behavioral). CBT is based on the view that the way we interpret or view situations, events or people determines or influence the way we feel. It focuses on the present, i.e. on the problems that come up in your day –to –day life. It helps; us understand the connection between thoughts, feelings and behavior. It is time limited, it teaches you learn and practice effective skills at managing negative thoughts and difficult emotions using variety of behavioral and cognitive techniques.
How does CBT work?
In CBT, you will learn to look at how you interpret events as they occur or have occurred and how this interpretation or appraisal affects the way, you feel. Practicing CBT is likely to help you increase awareness about the way you think or view situations, thoughts as they occur to your mind. You will learn to do this by recognizing the interrelationship between, thoughts, feelings, physiological sensations, and behavior. CBT will also help you learn alternative, more adaptive ways of thinking, so that you are less affected or distressed by the negative emotions and reduce the unhelpful behaviors
What are the types of psychological problems managed by CBT?
CBT is considered one of the most frequently used types of psychological treatments for a variety of psychological and medical problems. Rigorous research on CBT has shown that it is effective in managing anxiety disorders, depression, anger problems, eating disorders, stress and related conditions, chronic pain and interpersonal problems.