Cognitive-behavioral therapy (called “CBT) is a form of treatment for many mental health disorders. CBT can be used to help people who have depression or anxiety disorders like Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
So how does CBT work? Essentially, the therapist teaches the patient to start thinking in a new way. This can mean being less negative or seeing events in a broader context.
For example, a person who is depressed may think, “I will never be successful” or “No one likes me.” In CBT, the therapist teaches the affected person to replace these negative and unhelpful thoughts into positive, motivating (or neutral) ones. Thoughts like “I can succeed if I work hard” or “That person may not like me, but I still have other friends” are more realistic and more conducive to being a happy, well-balanced person.
Changing your attitude can have great effects on your life. If you learn to think positive, encouraging thoughts as a child or teen, you should be more able to deal with stress as you age.
CBT is often used to treat children and teens who have anxiety problems. A study from the British Journal of Psychiatry recently indicated that parental involvement in therapy can help children to experience a more durable and lasting recovery.
In parent-directed Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, the therapist teaches the parent of the child how to use strategies that will help the child master his or her anxiety. Because the child is receiving instruction at the therapist’s office and at home, he or she has a better chance at following the treatment.
Read more about how parents can get involved in their anxious child’s therapy at the link here: