Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety

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When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has proven to be quite effective. CBT focuses on treating anxiety symptoms and undesired feelings by changing the way a person thinks and behaves. There are a number of different CBT techniques that can help lessen anxiety symptoms when practiced regularly.

Thought Monitoring

A common first step in CBT is to keep a record of negative thoughts. Monitoring your thoughts in this way helps you become more aware of how and when your thoughts influence your anxiety, and provides a record for later analysis during a calmer period.

Thought Challenging / Cognitive Restructuring

This technique focuses on challenging negative thinking patterns that play a role in anxiety. Cognitive restructuring starts with identifying negative thoughts, and then considering the logic or realism behind them. This process identifies irrational and distorted thinking, allowing you to replace these negative thoughts with more realistic and positive thoughts.

Relaxation Techniques

Techniques like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization can all work to help reduce symptoms of anxiety by promoting physical and mental relaxation. Learning and practicing these techniques will provide a go-to coping mechanism for times of stress, and also teach your body what it feels like to relax and how to do it on command.

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