Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • What is it?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a technique of psychotherapy that teaches us to interrupt negative thought patterns in order to alter or eliminate unwanted behavior patterns, or to treat mood disorders.

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The underlying theory is that our general beliefs about the world, ourselves, and the future give rise to specific thoughts in specific situations and our mental disorders and psychological distress arise from those cognitions.

The NCBI examined 106 of 269 studies for a variety of health and personality disorders and concluded that the strongest support for CBT is in the areas of

  • Anger control problems
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bulimia
  • General stress
  • Somatoform disorders (having physical symptoms with no organic reason—it’s all in your head)
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