Since its beginnings in the 1960’s, with Dr. Aaron Beck, founder of cognitive behavioral therapy, this method has become the industry standard for the treatment of many disorders. But, many potential therapy clients may wonder, “Will it work for me?”
CBT was originally developed to help depressed clients, as depression is reinforced by negative thinking patterns that become pervasive and self-perpetuating. For example, an individual thinks, “I don’t want to face the day today. It’s going to be rough, as usual.”
Then, with this negative thought to start out the day, and carried through the day, the individual tends to look for evidence to support the theory that it is a rough day. The positive things that do happen get a negative spin put on them, or negated as a fluke.
Cognitive behavioral therapy helps to challenge these negative thought tracks, and is thus helpful for many different disorders. CBT is used for anger management, mood swings, eating problems (compulsive eating or eating disorders), and chronic pain (as negative thinking increases the sensation of pain).
Other common applications for CBT include chronic fatigue syndrome (which tends to be perpetuated by psychological factors), anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and relationship issues.
Currently, CBT is being applied along with antipsychotic medications to help schizophrenic patients with hallucinations and delusions. The uses and applications are wide-ranging and CBT continues to hold its place as the most empirically validated method used worldwide, in the treatment of substance abuse and many mental health disorders.
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