What is Cognitive Behavioral therapy?

What is Cognitive Behavioral therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including phobias, addictions, depression, and anxiety

Have you ever noticed that some people get upset easily, while others are like ducks, with problems rolling off their backs like water?  The difference between people who seem to get through life easily, and those who are chronically upset is based on your thinking and self-talk (the conversation that goes through your head all the time).  Cognitive comes from the word cognition, which refers to your thinking and behavioral relates to how you act.  If you think something is terrible, you may act in a way that leads to problems. If you change your self-talk to more positive thoughts, then your behavior will follow in a positive way.  For example, if you think a certain person doesn’t like you, you may act unfriendly, resulting in conflicts. However, if you change your thinking, and consider that maybe that person didn’t greet you because he never heard you, or was distracted, then instead of feeling and acting angry, you can talk to that person, and find out that you have a lot in common. Or, one person might find the Florida rain depressing, while another person may be pleased how green and beautiful everything is.  Cognitive/behavioral therapy helps you learn to examine your thoughts and look for positive messages that help you feel better, rather than blame others for your depression or anxiety.

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