What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
CBT is a form of therapy that offers sufferers of depression the freedom to take control of their emotions and experiences. This is achieved via “rewiring” of thought and behavioral patterns. CBT has shown promising results in helping those suffering from modern-day depression. While often used to treat depression, CBT can be effective in treating a variety of mental health disorders.
How Does CBT Work?
A session of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy involves examining a patient’s negative thought and behavioral patterns. By identifying how to construct a healthier, more realistic outlook on life, patients are taught how to think more positively. This allows patients to pursue goals they otherwise would find too daunting. Instead of succumbing to rash decision-making when stressors are presented, a CBT patient is taught to make rational decisions.
Being conscious of thought and behavioral patterns allows patients to live a more purposeful and balanced lifestyle.
It’s Not Just in Your Head
One of the most fascinating things about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is how it actually improves neural connections in the brain. Becoming more conscious of one’s thoughts and emotions works to strengthen neural firing pathways related to rational, realistic thinking. By practicing control over thought patterns and replacing negative reactions with positive ones, pathways to healthy thoughts become stronger.
Think of the brain as a muscle. The more you exercise a pathway in your brain, the easier it is to access that pathway in the future. After continued practice with CBT, patients find it easier to think in a realistic and positive manner. This leads to a brighter and more hopeful outlook on life.
Depression is a tough road to travel, especially alone. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, please contact us at Family Restoration Counseling for guidance and support. We’re here to help.