What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy also known as talk therapy. During CBT you work with a therapist who helps you become aware of negative or inaccurate thinking so you can respond to challenging situations in a more effective manner. In some cases cognitive behavioral therapy is most effective when combined with other therapies and/or medications. CBT is a great tool to help anyone learn to better manage difficult situations and is not limited to individuals with mental health conditions.

Use and Benefits of CBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to treat a wide range of issues, it can help you identify and cope with specific challenges. CBT is a useful tool to address emotional challenges. For example, it may help you:

  • Manage symptoms of mental illness
  • Prevent a relapse of mental illness symptoms
  • Treat a mental illness when medications aren’t a good option
  • Learn techniques for coping with stressful life situations
  • Identify ways to manage emotions
  • Cope with grief or loss
  • Overcome emotional trauma related to abuse or violence
  • Cope with a medical illness
  • Manage chronic physical symptoms

Mental health disorders that may improve with CBT include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Phobias
  • PTSD
  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Substance use disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual disorders

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