Treatment Patients with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
There are many ways people are treated using the practice of CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Most clinical psychologists today use cognitive behavioral therapy as the mainstay of their professions. The use of cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven empirically by many researches in the field of behavioral modification and has proven to be indispensable in curing depression and anxiety.
Ancient Greek philosophers like Epictetus, have contributed to the fundamentals of this theory. He supported the reasoning of Stoicism, which describes logic to be the method humans use to identify and discard false beliefs, that can inevitably result to destruction by our own emotions.
Albert Elllis described our beliefs, in his Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, as an error in our thoughts that which leads to an emotional response, reflecting and transforming into a dysfunctional action or behavior. In the theory he devised, it is stated that external events do not cause emotions, however, they cause beliefs, which are sometimes, irrational. It explains that problems arises from the inability to assess correctly the specific behaviors. As an example, if you were talking to a person that was paying attention at first but then suddenly had another conversation with a different person, you may start to believe him/her to be offensive, which makes you believe you’re conversation was not worthwhile. This makes you feel humiliated, you become angry and then engage in angry accusations to that person. Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to challenge this by framing the scenario in a way that will make you see the perspective of that person. It may be, in fact, the person you were talking too was listening to you intently and the inability to pay close attention to you maybe for another reason, perhaps another important matter the other person may have personal importance with and not directly boredom with your conversation.
Often our own beliefs betray us more than the outside factors that we may often mistake to be the cause. Failures of our own expectations often contributes to this.
Cognitive behavioral therapy have been used for many problems of various clients. Severe problems of alcoholism and addiction can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy. A longer period may be required for more complex problems. There will eventually be improvement seen in the clients. Patients in the therapy have the liberty to choose to end therapy or to continue in order to improve.
Many mental health care companies are able to provide services adequately for clients such as means to implement CBT. Recent studies suggests, that there may be proof the emotional and cognitive links to behaviors. Our brains may have been hardwired through evolution to perceive first a state of emotional judgment before an afterthought of cognitive recalculation.