General Anxiety Disorder - Panic Attacks - Generalized Depression

1. Introduction

What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapy that addresses dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic process.

The name refers to behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and to therapy based upon a combination of basic behavioral and cognitive research.

CBT is effective for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including mood, anxiety, depression, personality, eating, substance abuse, tic, and psychotic disorders.

From my experience CBT is a much better solution to traditional psychology where talking about your past and addressing previous issues solves your current issues. Don’t get me wrong this method has its place for people that have issues they haven’t dealt with but CBT is all about the here and now, it provides the person with a suite of coping tools to deal with day to day challenges that life throws at us. In our fast paced day & age some people are presenting symptoms of anxiety and depression with no prior histories, and doctors put them on heavy anti-depressants as a result without addressing the underlying issues. Mainly the issue for most people is that they cant cope with life and this is because we weren’t designed to deal with todays version of life.

I personally suffered with anxiety and depression for years and I was put on the merry go round of tablets and psychologists to no avail, only to be told that I had chronic depression & anxiety and would probably be on tablets for most of my life. I genuinely thought that they knew what they were talking about, but later found that they were wrong.

I believe that with the right nutrition, exercise and CBT anyone can get themselves out of this horrible loop. I know because I’ve done it myself after years of hopelessness so please don’t feel like it will never end, read some of the articles on this site and hopefully they will guide you to a normal life.

CBT was primarily developed through an integration of behavior therapy with cognitive therapy (developed by Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis). While rooted in rather different theories, these two traditions found common ground in focusing on the “here and now”, and on alleviating symptoms.

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