Cognitive therapy adds a breath of fresh air to how you think while dealing with anxiety disorder. Even depression. New found ways, you discover, to solve problems, gives an edge you can be happy with. And, you'll have learned to get away from feeling bad about yourself.
It's not so much the unbearable situation that causes what you feel. But the meaning you give to it. And, it's related to decisions you've made about yourself a long time ago. They involve core beliefs.
It's what you've decided is true about you. And, the verdict you've given to yourself, runs the show.
It spells out how you think and how to behave. What you can or can't have. And, what you believe you are, as a person. When beliefs lean towards negativity, they hint at what's missing.
Hiding underneath the talk, you might be really saying...
Core beliefs aren't easy to put into words. What's more, deep-rooted ones are so powerful they come true, over and over again.
When they help you reach what you want, it's a good thing. But, if you keep getting stone-walled and feel like you're going nowhere, it's time to crack open what the block is. And, to expose it.
Cognitive therapy helps you think about what you're thinking.
Cognitive therapy puts the spotlight on the now. With a focus on the problem you want to face. And, how to solve it.
It aims at helping you recognize and change toxic thinking causing frustration, helplessness. The treatment is known to be effective for anxiety disorder. And, can be the depression help you want to change gloomy ways of thinking.
It shows you how you can question what you believe is the truth. And, to test so you can see for yourself if what you believe, is right on the mark. The therapy also gives you other ways to think through difficulties.
You learn something at every session. The changes may not be earth-shattering. But, they do take hold. And, have long-lasting effects.
Appointments are a joint effort between you and a qualified therapist.
Joy! You get to say what you think...
Keep in mind,...
For the treatment to help, you have to want to examine your thinking patterns. To keep digging at what hurts you. And, a promise, made to yourself, to stick with the program.
Here's a warning...
You may be rattled. It's not pleasant, but unrewarding habits have to go. You'll have the room to stretch your comfort zone. And, have more freedom to pick and choose solutions that work for you.
The therapist builds a framework around what you want to achieve. You may be asked to collect information. It could include what goes through your mind, what you feel, and how you act when situations make you uncomfortable.
It's easier to change when you recognize polluted thinking. And, how this hurts your chances to get better.
You'll be reviewing what you're learning outside sessions. Problems popping up during the course of cognitive therapy can be handled as they come.
The therapy also helps you set priorities. For example, which symptoms need urgent relief. Or, you can learn how about the edge stress has and using it. It's then easier to keep your mind clear so you can make good decisions for yourself.
Cognitive therapy digs at what looks like an innocent choice of words in conversation. They come from automatic thoughts...what we say to ourselves.
They are so matter-of-fact, it's hard to notice they take place at all. But, they do show how you react to situations. And, give hints of what's taken root in your mind.
To get an inkling of what automatic thoughts reveal, click on The Cognitive Model by Judith S. Beck. Go straight to page 5, Thought Record. And, use it to describe awesome situations you've had. As well as not-so-good-ones.
Which thoughts give you a boost? Which ones tear you down?
Here's the deal...
With anxiety disorders, the 'fight flight or freeze' response turns on and stays on. Fears gnaw at your self-worth. You may believe you don't have what it takes to handle problems. This may come out in bursts of “I never get anything right. I never figure out how to stay calm. I'm not normal.”
Depression brings on a different theme. "I'm so depressed, no one wants me around. I'll always be alone." Or..."I'm never going to get better."
Adding 'never' and 'always' while you're tormented, slices off the in-between...where your answers are. Cognitive therapy helps you find them.
What you learn and put into practice can stop cold 'self-destruct' patterns before they cause damage. And, beef up healthy thinking till they become automatic.
The treatment also helps for preventing a relapse into depression by getting you to notice symptoms of depression early.
You find there are other end-results besides what you always accepted. Ones that work for you. And, what you may have thought of, as 'unthinkable'.
Cognitive therapy, with its structure, can help you build confidence so you can act decisively. Bad feelings are shown the door for you to feel satisfied and content. Don't you deserve it?