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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can bring down Anxiety

By on July 6, 2017

Anxiety disorder is seen in many people but not many are aware of it. Obsessive behavior and thoughts, constant worries, unbearable fear, panic attacks, etc., can mean that you are suffering from anxiety related issues. If you will not try to find a solution, it can alleviate to extreme issues which may be irreparable. Today, there are many therapies that can help you in dealing with anxiety and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of them. Elevation Behavioral Health has implemented the therapy more elaborately and has helped many.

Treating anxiety with CBT

CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of most commonly used therapies today to treat anxiety disorder. What it does is make you look at the negative thoughts within you and about you and those that you harbour about the world around. The basic principle on which the therapy is based is that it is our thoughts that make us to feel the way we feel about us or the world.

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Elevation Behavioral Health motivates the person to challenge his negative thinking that leads to anxiety and then replace these negative thoughts with positive thinking.  First, you find what your negative thoughts are. This is an important step because for those suffering from anxiety disorders, perception of situations is the underlying principle. For example, if a person has crowd phobia and has to speak a few lines in front a group, they may have panic attacks thinking about all what could go wrong, people laughing at them, sarcastic comments and also that they could be termed as failure. In reality, it may not be so. The people may not even notice or care to remember what happened. So, when the person tries to see that the group of people are harmless people and that there is nothing to worry about speaking in front of them, the person may gain his confidence and get rid of his phobia. Now, the second step is to challenge these negative thoughts. The therapist will help you in this process by examining the situation with you and analysing your thinking and then testing them. The therapist will let you find the realistic chances and help you overcome the fear. The third step is to replace such discouraging thoughts with encouraging ones. The therapist will work out how this can be done and even provide calming sentences or words that can be of help to you when you are confronted with any situations that you are not comfortable with.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in itself is a relaxing procedure and it is today widely practised by therapists all around the world. Since, it aims to remove the anxiety disorder completely by encouraging positive thinking, the therapy is effective in ways medicines cannot.