Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy that is involved with the Cognitive approach to Psychology.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

       Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy that is involved with the Cognitive approach to Psychology. It is a specific method that involves speaking about how a person is feeling about him or herself, the world around them and also other people. It also takes in to account how the person’s actions can change their own thoughts and feelings.

       The use of this manner of therapy can also aid someone in changing the ways in which they think and what they actually do.  The cause of abnormal behavior is caused by maladaptive thought processes that we may undergo. Maladaptive behavior is behavior that does not allow a person to lead a normal life. When speaking of it in a biological sense, it is animal behavior that prevents breeding. The use of CBT can alter the thinking patterns of a person which will ultimately let them behave more normally. The thinking part of this process is otherwise known as the ‘Cognitive’ part and what the person does is know as their ‘Behavior’. By making these changes to a person’s life, they are able to feel better about themselves. Although other therapies are known to look at the problems a person may have had in the past, CBT tends to look more at the present problems that the person has to face and ways of advancing their state of mind.

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       There are a number of illnesses that CBT has been proven to work effectively on. These include;

  1. Anxiety
  2. Depression
  3. Panic
  4. Phobias e.g. Agoraphobia
  5. Social phobia
  6. Bulimia
  7. Obsessive compulsive disorder
  8. Post traumatic stress disorder
  9. Schizophrenia


       The way in which CBT works effectively on such problems is that it breaks down the problems that the person is experiencing into smaller parts. By doing this, the ways in which these problems are connected to you and how they affect you become more visible. The problems are ...

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