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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 3 Commonly Treated Disorders

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has worked for many and brought patients back to coping with their issues utilizing the highly effective psychoanalytic approach.

CBT is based on two different types of principal approaches: cognitive and behavioral psychology.

When compared to psychotropic drugs, CBT sits at a similar level of effectiveness as those benzodiazepine drugs or antidepressants, mental health professionals argued.

But what type of disorders is CBT effective in treating?

Although CBT is known to work on dozens of disorders, below I’ve compiled a list of the five most commonly treated illnesses.

3. Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders such as PTSD or social phobia have become synonymous with CBT. And one of the strongest forms of treatment is called vivo exposure.

This type of exposure endorses the idea of patients who confront the object, situation or person that causes them intense distress and anxious symptoms.

Those with social anxiety disorders are told to perform in front of a large crowd, such as presenting a speech.

PTSD military-based sufferers are given virtual reality equipment to take them back to the battlefield where the trauma was triggered.

2. Mood Disorders

Bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder (MDD) are both one of the most common mental illnesses in the world.

It is understood that depressed patients experience these affective symptoms as a result of constant black or white thinking or negative schema.

Basically, as psychologists say, patients with severe depression have thought patterns about negative interpretations of themselves beginning in early childhood from stressful events.

 1. Psychosis

Psychotic episodes brought forth by disorders such as schizophrenia is more common than you think.

Generally, CBT is used in combination with medication, like antipsychotic drugs, to improve the patient’s distorted sense of reality and thought patterns.

Therapists are to help the patient distinguish what is reality and what is only a delusion, or fixed-false belief.

CBT is said to be effective in treating psychotic symptoms and can do very well to manage relapses.

Whether it be the traditional CBT, or the new computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT), you can find who offers these therapy session by visiting ADAA.org.

Jose Florez is the founder and editor of Mental Daily. His work has appeared in Psychology Today, Glamour, HuffPost, among others. He is a mental health advocate, and currently studying psychology.

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