Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety

Research shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been the most effective in treating anxiety disorders. It is effective because it unifies all methods and treatment plans. To help the client overcome anxiety disorders, the client is taught about strategies to cope. These strategies and techniques can be implemented at home. With repetitive practice, the new behaviors become automatic and anxiety is significantly reduced and sometimes eliminated. 

CBT targets the brain

To treat anxiety, clients may participate in mild anxiety-inducing stimuli in the initial stages then move on to more intense sessions. CBT targets the brain – by modifying thinking patters, increasing problem-solving and increasing confidence about decision-making. CBT targets the neural pathways so that the client learns new ways to think, act and feel about previously anxiety provoking situations, experience, or thoughts. Many clients who participate in CBT therapy report they have successfully overcome anxiety.

Group sessions

CBT group sessions can be another effective resource for anxiety treatment. Group sessions include others struggling from anxiety. Group sessions help build confidence and support for utilizing the CBT methods/techniques. CBT for anxiety is active, structured and result-oriented.

CBT addresses the origins of problems

To treat disorders, CBT reaches out to the core of issues, including experiences from the family background, early life upbringing and social or environmental factors. Psychotherapists analyze maladaptive coping patterns, use conceptualization to examine history of unstable schemas and attempt to modify the patient’s belief and coping system.

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3 Benefits of Therapy for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders have become the most prevalent mental health issue in America. It’s not uncommon to hear about people in your inner circle suffering from one form or another of anxiety which include but are not limited to conditions such as social anxiety, GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)r, claustrophobia (fear of small confined spaces), and more.

However, as common as this problem is, it is highly treatable – with a number of different treatment options for anxiety available the most effective of which is psychotherapy.

The top three benefits of therapy – behavioral and cognitive – for anxiety disorders include:

Finding the Root Cause

Prescription medication is thought to be the best course of treatment for patients suffering from anxiety disorders as it can produce an immediate reduction of anxiety by relaxing the body. However, as quick the results may be, it is a temporary form of treatment. What’s more, prescription pills only subdue the symptoms of the disorder rather than finding and treating the root cause of the illness itself – which is what psychotherapy does. Therapy, tailored to suit the specific needs of each individual patient allows them to discover the actual source of the problem, which often is based in how a person thinks about their world, environment or situations.  Therapy helps decrease anxiety, by helping you learn new ways of monitoring and changing thoughts that may be leading to panic attacks or feeling anxious.

Aiding in Self-Discovery for Solutions

Much of the psychotherapy is designed to allow the patient to unearth the real reason behind the issues. Once they do, the therapist helps and guides them to realize the effective ways in which they can manage and control their thoughts and behaviors.  Therapy doesn’t provide a solution to their issues on a silver platter, it aids the patients to find out the means to deal and to eventually overcome their anxiety. This can provide tools and resources for the future to help reduce likelihood of experience anxiety in other situations.

Restoring Confidence

Anxiety disorders can sometimes cripple ones confidence. By allowing self-reflection, and providing deeper understanding of their own thoughts and feelings, therapy helps restore a patient’s confidence bit by bit. It enables them to have the knowledge, skills, and control over their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, which can help them live a happy and healthy life.