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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. 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, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy for treating bipolar disorder?

One Part of Solution: CBT can be a very effective approach to modifying responses to thoughts that undermine mood stability, perceptions of others, and our behavioral responses to mood changes. However management of bipolar symptoms may be more effective when CBT is combined with appropriate medication to help smooth out the biological fluctuations underlying that disorder. Consider both CBT and psychiatry consults. ...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?

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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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