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help please! is cognitive behavioral therapy useful?

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Dr. Mark Cooperberg
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
In a word...yes: Cognitive behavior therapy (cbt) is useful in treating a variety of problems including difficulties with mood (depression, anger), anxiety (generalized, ocd, phobias), and behavior. If you check out the association for behavioral and cognitive therapies www.Abct.Org you can find out additional information about this type of therapy. Cbt may be used in conjunction with medication, when necessary.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Talk therapy: A type of psychiatric or psychological therapy that involves a patient discussing their issues with the therapist and analyzing their actions and motives from various points of view to find a pathway to more satisfactory, productive or constructive actions.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to get cognitive behavioral therapy?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Psychotherapy : Cognitive behavioral therapy, or cbt, is a form of therapy in which the individual examines and changes thoughts and behaviors that contributes to his/her problem. For example, if you have depression you usually have negative thoughts about yourself and do behaviors that contribute to your depression. A cbt therapist will give you tips and homework to work on changing those thoughts and behaviors.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
I would add that it isn't what we think or feel that requires correction, it's what we do with our thoughts and feelings that causes success or failure. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of several techniques that teach us to recognize our thoughts and feelings and how best to deal successfully with them to make our lives better.
Nov 12, 2011
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A 30-year-old female asked:

What is cognitive behavioral therapy, how do I find it, and what should I expect during treatment?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Coping skills: Cognitive therapy seeks to help the patient overcome difficulties by identifying and changing dysfunctional thinking, behavior, and emotional responses. This involves helping patients develop skills for modifying beliefs, identifying distorted thinking, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. It helps to change perception - you can contact your local social srvs dept or dys.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is emphasis of cognitive-behavioral therapy?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Revise Your Thinking: The relationship between one's thoughts (cognitions), behaviors, and emotions are emphasized in cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt). Often, when a person feels emotionally distressed there is an identifiable "error" in one's thoughts. These errors include, for example, black-and-white thinking, overgeneralizing, jumping to conclusions, and catastrophizing. Correcting these problems helps a lot.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Must I call my doctor to get referred for cognitive behavioral therapy?

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Depends: The answer to this question will depend on whether your insurance requires a primary care doctor referral or not. Usually, hmo-type policies require that, while ppo-type policies don't. Best way -- call your insurance provider to inquire about your benefits. It's still a good idea to call your doctor just to see who s/he recommends. Good luck!
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Totally agree. It also depends by state. Here in California for many HMOs and even Medicaid, no referral is needed. All it takes is a call to the mental health number provided by your insurance. Getting an appointment within a reasonable amount of time is a whole other matter.
Aug 24, 2012
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
I almost never see situations in which an MD referral is necessary for psychotherapy (counseling), but it's always a good idea to rule out medical causes for symptoms of depression, anxiety, etc.
Aug 24, 2012

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