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How CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) Works

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Cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety for instance lets you make sense of the serious problems thereby splitting them down into more manageable parts. CBT breaks down problems into five main areas including situations, thoughts, emotions, physical feelings, and actions.

CBT is developed on the concept that these five areas are interconnected and can impact each other. For instance, what you think about a particular situation can impact how well you feel physically as well as emotionally and also how you act or respond to different situations.

CBT differs from several other psychotherapy procedures since it is well structured, it is highly practical, it focuses on the problems faced in the present, and it is collaborative. Therefore, CBT is a very effective tool to remedy anxiety.

Ending negative thought cycles

There are both helpful and unhelpful ways to react to any situation. Ultimately, how to respond depends on what you think about them. For instance, if you have a bad experience about marriage, you may start questioning the institution of marriage at all. This can lead to feeling hopeless, tired, depressed and lonely. Individuals confronting such a situation may stop socializing freely and get trapped in negative cycle, confining to their little selves and appearing dejected.

Rather than accepting this way of thinking, you may start accepting the fact that several marriages can end and it is necessary to learn from your mistakes to move on constructively and to feel optimistic about life and future. Such optimism can make you more active socially and you may even give good advice to others on similar situations.

Aims of CBT

The principal aim of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety is to stop the negative cycles like this by breaking down the causes that push you into anxiety or fear. CBT is aimed at changing your negative thoughts and improving how you feel. Gradually, CBT can lead you to achieve the solutions on your own and manage and solve the problems without the support of the therapist. 

Some popular approaches in CBT

One of the approaches to cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety is exposure therapy. This is predominantly used for people that have obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD.

In such cases, talking to the subjects about the situation regarding the situation may not be as helpful as making them face the fears in a structured and systematic way through exposing them to the actual experience itself.

During this process, the therapy involves the subjects with the situations or sources of anxiety in manageable levels, of course with the caring support of the therapist. The duration and frequency of such exposures can be recommended by the therapist. Gradually the candidate is guided with more difficult situations.

One of the biggest advantages of CBT is that you can start applying the principles you learnt through CBT in your daily life. Thus, you will become a better individual more resilient to the negativities of life.

Online tools for CBT

Today, there are several online tools available for CBT that can enable you benefit from CBT with the most minimal contact or even no contact with the therapist.

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