215. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy comes up often as a treatment for anxiety and depression, as well as other unpleasant conditions of the psyche, but what exactly is it?  Stephanie Larsen, a psychotherapy provider, provides her definition of CBT below.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a theoretical orientation and intervention for various areas of mental health concerns. It is, in brief, the process of aiding the client in identifying their views of themselves, the world, and their perceived future. It is finding the core schemas or beliefs behind an individual’s thinking, evaluating their rationality/ use, and creating new, more realistic and helpful ways of thinking. It is not just making everything “sunshine and rainbows” but turning thoughts of “nobody loves me” into “Not everyone may love me but I have several family, friends, and supporters that do genuinely care about me.” Helpful throughout the process is identifying cognitive distortions or things such as all-or-nothing thinking, predicting, catastrophizing, emotional reasons (I feel so therefore it is true), etc.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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3 Responses to 215. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  1. Would be interesting to see results of a poll along the lines of how many people have benefitted from CBT. Effects seem to be wearing off for me – but maybe there is some residual benefit!

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