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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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 As with other anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy is now the most recommended treatment method. New York Times, "A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria," 18 June 2018 For example, cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing negative thoughts and behaviors. Christina Stiehl, SELF, "The Difference Between Depression and Persistent Depressive Disorder, aka Dysthymia," 4 May 2018 Coltheart recommends cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of talk therapy that can help patients become aware of inaccurate beliefs. Meeri Kim, Washington Post, "This strange syndrome causes people to think their loved ones have been replaced by identical impostors," 7 Apr. 2018 For help with depression, there’s cognitive behavioral therapy — a type of psychotherapy that has been incredibly effective. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "Can we relieve suffering, avoid drug misuse - and not become 'opioid phobic'?," 15 June 2018 Lastly, insurance companies typically do not reimburse or reimburse poorly for effective non-opioid therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, and non-opioid medications. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "Can we relieve suffering, avoid drug misuse - and not become 'opioid phobic'?," 15 June 2018 Previous studies have shown that treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, relaxation techniques and biofeedback may reduce migraine symptoms by 50 percent or more, Minen and her team said. Healthday, chicagotribune.com, "Non-drug migraine treatments often ignored," 8 June 2018 People addicted to cocaine are generally offered counseling services or cognitive behavioral therapy, according to Ersche. Rory Smith, CNN, "Rising cocaine purity and availability fueling addictions in Europe," 7 June 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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