cognitive behavioral therapy

noun

variants or less commonly cognitive behavior 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

Examples of cognitive behavioral therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other side of the equation is addressing a person’s attitudes and thought patterns about social interactions through cognitive behavioral therapy. Dana G. Smith, New York Times, 9 May 2024 Strategies for managing anger include exercise, yoga, deep breathing and cognitive behavioral therapy, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s statement. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2024 For patients experiencing phobias and other mental health conditions, therapists may opt for both cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. The Courier-Journal, 27 Mar. 2024 Additional therapies including art therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy will be available soon. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2024 Much better than medications so far is a kind of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia or CBT-I, Martin said. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2024 Researchers working on the study theorized that the lack of efficacy could have been due to the cognitive behavioral therapy offered to both groups. Grace Browne, WIRED, 2 Dec. 2023 Mindfulness practice, cognitive behavioral therapy, and breaking down tasks into manageable steps might help shift your mindset. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 8 Mar. 2024 Most Popular TikTok Says a Foot Bath Can Help Ease Migraine Attacks—Here’s What Doctors Think There are tons of ways to reframe thoughts—that’s a huge part of cognitive behavioral therapy—but a good place to start is fact-checking yourself. Anna Borges, SELF, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cognitive behavioral therapy was in 1975

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“Cognitive behavioral therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cognitive%20behavioral%20therapy. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

cognitive behavioral therapy

noun
variants also cognitive behavior 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
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
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