Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy. This means that you discuss your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with a mental health professional. CBT focuses on how the way you think affects the way you feel and act. CBT is a problem-solving approach. While you cannot control other people or situations, you can control the way you perceive and react to a particular situation. CBT teaches you the skills to change your thinking. It can also help you manage your reactions to stressful people and situations.

  • Call Your Doctor

    If the thoughts, feelings, or other difficulties that led you to seek therapy are returning or worsening, call your doctor. If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others, call your doctor or call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy. This means that you discuss your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with a mental health professional. CBT focuses on how the way you think affects the way you feel and act.

    CBT is a problem-solving approach. While you cannot control other people or situations, you can control the way you perceive and react to a particular situation. CBT teaches you the skills to change your thinking. It can also help you manage your reactions to stressful people and situations.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    CBT is used to treat many health concerns. Some of these include:

    • Depression
      and mood swings
    • Anxiety
    • Phobias
    • Social anxiety disorder
    • Feelings of extreme shyness
    • Stress
    • Panic disorders
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Borderline personality disorder

    • Eating disorders, including
      anorexia nervosa,
      bulimia nervosa, and
      obesity
    • Insomnia
      and other sleep problems
    • Substance abuse
    • Chronic pain
    • Difficulty with relationships
    • Low self-esteem
    • Poor coping skills
    • Uncontrolled anger
    Managing Mental Health Concerns
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    Many mental health concerns are caused by a combination of physiological and emotional triggers. CBT can help people cope by decreasing the effects of emotional triggers.
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  • Possible Complications

    CBT may not be effective for everyone. Talk to your therapist about your progress or other treatments that may help you.