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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Arthritis: Does It Work?

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and How It Works?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapeutic treatment. It aims at helping people learn techniques and tips to identify and change disturbing or destructive thought patterns, which may negatively affect emotions and behaviors. In other words, this approach can help change the negative thoughts that may lead to or worsen anxiety, depression, or emotional issues. If left unresolved, these spontaneous negative thoughts would have a detrimental effect on your mental and overall health. Through cognitive behavioral therapy, you may identify, challenge, and replace them with more realistic and objective thoughts. [1]

Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the idea that the physical sensations, behaviors, feelings, and thoughts are interconnected. Having negative feelings and thoughts may bring you into a vicious cycle. Through this therapy, you may break down overwhelming issues into smaller components and lead how to cope with them in a more efficient and positive way. The therapist will show you how to change these negative patterns to improve the overall feelings. Different from other talking therapies that focus on the past, cognitive behavioral therapy deals with current problems. [2]