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What does it mean to get cognitive behavioral therapy?

What does it mean to get cognitive behavioral therapy?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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How can cognitive behavioral therapy cure affection bipolar disorder?

How can cognitive behavioral therapy cure affection bipolar disorder?

It can't : CBT is the treatment of choice for several conditions ( like complex PTSD ) and a terrific adjunctive therapy for those with many types of bipolar disease. The key to treatment of bipolar disorders is mood stabilization which often requires medications . The exception that comes to mind is seasonal affective disorder which responds to light therapy ( along with CBT ) ...Read more

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Is cognitive behavioral therapy effective at treating sleep disorders?

Is cognitive behavioral therapy effective at treating sleep disorders?

Absolutely: Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (cbt-i) is a wonderful method for treating insomnia without (or with) medications. Techniques used include: stimulus control, sleep hygiene, sleep restriction, relaxation training and cognitive therapy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be "cured" from generalized anxiety disorder with just cognitive behavioral therapy or do I also need medication?

Is it possible to be "cured" from generalized anxiety disorder with just cognitive behavioral therapy or do I also need medication?

Compliance is key...: Agree w/others. Just adding: therapy requires participation and meds only work if taken. So, any effective treatment plan is one you're comfortable enough with to follow. For anxiety severe enough to impede therapy (eg too avoidant/worried to go to sessions, etc.), meds (eg ssri) may help you engage in therapy. Treatment plan can also include what/when to add/change if 1st treatment isn't enough. ...Read more

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Cognitive behavioral therapy not working, what to do?

Cognitive behavioral therapy not working, what to do?

CBT: Depending on the diagnosis for which cognitive behavioral therapy is being employed, simultaneous treatment with medication may be beneficial. It may be helpful to discuss with your treating provider or discuss with your primary physician. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get cognitive behavioral therapy?

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. ...Read more

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Cognitive behavioral therapy not working, what do you advise?

Cognitive behavioral therapy not working, what do you advise?

CBT: Speaking as a psychoanalyst, CBT treatment effects are not as long lasting as psychodynamic/psychoanalytic treatment. When a patient wonders where the distortions in their thought processes began, that is when CBT ends and psychodynamic therapy or psychoanalysis begins, and gets to the root of the problem instead of focusing on the symptom. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is involved in cognitive behavioral therapy?

Can you tell me what is involved in cognitive behavioral therapy?

CBT: Cognitive behavior therapy or cbt helps people to understand how their thoughts effect their emotions ; their behavior. It helps to correct cognitive distortions. Cbt has been used to treat personality disorders, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and substance abuse problems. ...Read more

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How do I do cognitive behavioral therapy to stop picking my fingers?

How do I do cognitive behavioral therapy to stop picking my fingers?

Picking at fingers: This behavior MAY be a form of OCD. It needs to be treated by a mental health pro who specializes in OCD such as a clinical psychologist. Some self-help can be found in a book called "Feeling Good" by David Burns. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy for treating Asperger syndrome?

Can be effective: The combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and social pragmatics training can together be effective in providing strategies that can improve the life of those with Asperger's disorder. Social pragmatics groups offer the opportunity to practice what is being taught. ...Read more

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Can cognitive behavioral therapy rewire your brain?

Can cognitive behavioral therapy rewire your brain?

Yes: Rewiring the brain is how we learn things, and how we change behavior of all kinds. We strengthen certain connections between neurons (brain cells) and weaken others. ...Read more

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What does the psychologist do in a cognitive behavioral therapy ?

What does the psychologist do in a cognitive behavioral therapy ?

Be an expert: Psychologists Use their specialized knowledge and discipline of known principles in order to help patients cope and understand various behavioral approaches to situations so that ultimately they may overcome whatever affliction they may have. ...Read more

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How can I treat chronic fatigue with cognitive behavioral therapy?

How can I treat chronic fatigue with cognitive behavioral therapy?

Find an Expert: Cbt has been shown to help people with cfs. It is important to find a therapist who has experience with cfs. Cbt is a form of psychotherapy that helps you challenge automatic negative thoughts that can produce negative physical symptoms. Giving you tools to help you think, act and communicate differently. Thinking positive thoughts instead, resulting in less symptoms. Mind/body connection. ...Read more

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

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

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! ...Read more

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How long does cognitive behavioral therapy take to help depression and anxiety?

How long does cognitive behavioral therapy take to help depression and anxiety?

Fairly fast: Cbt typically is designed to be self-limiting, usually 12-16 sessions. Patients often start feeling better within a few weeks, but the full course of treatment is highly recommended to help cement the techniques learned and provide continued support as the depression lifts. ...Read more

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What is the procedure of a typical cognitive behavioral therapy session when treating depression/anxiety?

What is the procedure of a typical cognitive behavioral therapy session when treating depression/anxiety?

CBT fo A focus on "automatic thoughts" and behavior patterns.: A session often involves examining a thought log, or discussing often subtle forms of thinking, that can contribute to anxious and deoressed feelings, and maladaptive behavior patterns. Cognitive distortions, like "I am unattractive, and will never find a relationship" are carefully deconstructed to help the person attain a more accurate, and self enhancing outlook. Good suggestions about changing interaction patterns strengthen this process. ...Read more

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How does cognitive behavioral therapy help addicts?

CBT: 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. ...Read more

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Help please! is cognitive behavioral therapy useful?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more