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Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) works on the premise that thoughts cause feeling. It asserts that a person’s feelings and actions are caused and controlled by his thinking style. The word cognitive refers to thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. In CBT the person learns to recognize and change thought patterns and behaviors that lead to troublesome feelings. CBT does not rely on examining the individuals past, but instead examines current thinking patterns looking for anxiety and distress triggers. Once identified, the individual is taught how to neutralize these triggers. One of the benefits of CBT is that the person learns recovery skills that are useful for a lifetime. CBT is widely accepted as an evidence-based, cost-effective psychotherapy for many disorders and psychological problems. It has been shown to be as useful as antidepressant medication for individuals with depression and is superior in preventing relapse.

For more information about Cognitive Behavior Therapy visit these sites:

National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists

The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

National Alliance on Mental Illness - /Cognitive Behavior Therapy