What's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

By Solon Papageorgiou, 10 October, 2022

But what's cognitive behavioral therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective therapy for treating psychological problems and improving life in general by removing obstacles that hold you back!

CBT is based on the idea that feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and bodily sensations are interconnected and lead to each other. And it all starts with a trigger (e.g., someone crashes your car, you fear for your life, think you might die, and flee the scene), a situation where something occurs to you. Now we've faulty thoughts and distorted reality (for example, we see everything as if it'll lead to a disaster) that distort the thought. When we replace the thought with a more realistic thought and determine and execute a better behavior than what we did before, the next time the situation occurs again, we correct the maladaptive behavior that occurs in mental illness and ultimately reduce the severity of the client's mental illness.

Research shows that CBT works for anxiety and depression. Further research is underway to determine if it's helpful for other mental health problems.

And how effective is CBT? CBT is as effective as medication or even more effective. It's also short-term, and people learn to become their therapists.

Read more at:

1. https://www.nhs.uk/.../cognitive-behavioural.../overview/

2. https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-cognitive-behavior