cognitive behavioral therapy

noun
variants: or less commonly cognitive behavior therapy

Definition of cognitive behavioral therapy

: psychotherapy that combines cognitive therapy with behavior therapy by identifying faulty or maladaptive patterns of thinking, emotional response, or behavior and substituting them with desirable patterns of thinking, emotional response, or behavior abbreviation CBT

Note: Cognitive behavioral therapy is used in the treatment of various mental and emotional disorders including depression, anxiety, anorexia, and substance abuse. Cognitive therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are often used interchangeably.

Cognitive behavioral therapy prods patients to do things that will make them feel a sense of accomplishment and connection, and to avoid interpreting situations as being worse than they are.— David H. Freedman The most scientifically studied technique, cognitive behavior therapy, teaches people to identify and dispute self-degrading thoughts … that can feed on themselves and cause people to sink into despair.— Benedict Carey

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The short-term cognitive behavioral therapy consisted of 15 weeks of group and individual sessions. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Addicted to the internet? Behavioral therapy could work, researchers find," 10 July 2019 Consider cognitive behavioral therapy, and work on busting day-to-day stress through lifestyle shifts like regular exercise, high-quality sleep, adequate nutrition, acupuncture, journaling, meditation and mindfulness. Leigh Weingus, Glamour, "We Need To Start Talking About This Common—And Debilitating—Pregnancy Symptom," 12 July 2019 That was the case for Rochelle Bisson, 27, a blogger in London, who had found cognitive behavioral therapy ineffective at treating her cleithrophobia, the fear of being trapped, which for years kept her from riding underground trains. Ben Giles, Marie Claire, "The New, Cutting-Edge Anxiety Treatments That Sufferers Swear By," 8 July 2019 Doing so may involve cognitive behavioral therapy, anti-anxiety medication, or a combination of the two. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Reasons You're Waking Up Mid-Sleep, and How to Fix Them," 11 Aug. 2018 By the way, these tactics come from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a first-line therapy treatment for panic disorder. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "8 Ways to Make Panic Attacks a Little More Bearable," 5 June 2019 Psychodermatologists use various therapy techniques, including psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and, yes, hypnosis, to treat acne, eczema, hair loss, warts, psoriasis, and other visible skin issues. Sarah Ban, SELF, "I Tried Hypnosis for Insomnia. Then My Skin Cleared Up.," 1 Apr. 2018 For example, measuring success in cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety would look very different than the metrics for success in couple’s therapy for marital discord. SELF, "How Can You Tell if Therapy Is Actually Working?," 11 Dec. 2018 Different forms, like cognitive behavioral therapy, which aims to help people change negative thought patterns, work for different people. Brittany Risher, SELF, "This Is When to See a Mental Health Professional About Your Anxiety," 2 Feb. 2018

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cognitive behavioral therapy

noun
variants: also cognitive behavior therapy

Medical Definition of cognitive behavioral therapy

: psychotherapy that combines cognitive therapy with behavior therapy by identifying faulty or maladaptive patterns of thinking, emotional response, or behavior and substituting them with desirable patterns of thinking, emotional response, or behavior abbreviation CBT

Note: Cognitive behavioral therapy is used in the treatment of various mental and emotional disorders including depression, anxiety, anorexia, and substance abuse. Cognitive therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are often used interchangeably.

Cognitive behavioral therapy prods patients to do things that will make them feel a sense of accomplishment and connection, and to avoid interpreting situations as being worse than they are.— David H. Freedman, Discover, January/February 2013 The most scientifically studied technique, cognitive behavior therapy, teaches people to identify and dispute self-degrading thoughts … that can feed on themselves and cause people to sink into despair.— Benedict Carey, The New York Times, 10 Jan. 2006

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