The power of the human mind is pretty amazing, when you think about it. This one part of our bodies controls everything in our bodies, from the breaths we take to the conscious movement of our muscles. Our heart beats because of our brain. We feel emotions because of our brain. We have the ability to learn because of our brain. Unfortunately for many people, we can also make destructive choices because of the thoughts that run through our brain each and every day.
The way we see the world around us is the reality in which we live. When we make a conscious decision, we generally choose behaviors based upon those decisions. If a small child believes there is a monster under the bed, he might pull the covers over his head. He isn’t pulling those covers over his head to hide from something that isn’t scary, of course. He is behaving in a manner that is consistent with this thought process – his reality. When an adult who suffers from depression chooses to use drugs, they may be reacting to their reality, doing whatever they can to make themselves feel better. Perhaps this person simply doesn’t feel that they are worthy enough to have a better life, as they struggle with self-esteem issues born of years of abuse or neglect. Maybe, they are anxious due to obsessive or compulsive thoughts associated with a social anxiety disorder that causes them to believe that “everyone” is judging them.
If this is true — if our behaviors are based on our thoughts, whether real or imagined — is it then possible to change behaviors by changing our thought patterns. According to the National Institutes of Health, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that can be used for the treatment of many types of mental illnesses and addictions.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.
CBT and other non drug treatments are underused due to unfamiliarity, time pressure, patient demands, ease of prescribing medications, and low reimbursement rates.Cognitive behavioral therapy is a useful and empirically based method of treatment for pain disorders that can decrease reliance on the excessive use of opiates.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is All About Changing Perception and Action
There are several aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy that can help an individual change the way in which they see the world around them and, consequently, change their behaviors. The first, and not the least, of which is the fact that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is not an ongoing, have-to-do-it-forever kind of treatment. Unlike old-fashioned talk therapy, which an individual can participate in for years before any real breakthroughs are made, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is usually only about 16 weeks, or sessions, long. The number of weeks can vary depending upon progress and circumstances, which is another terrific aspect of the therapy style.
Therapy helps the patient see that emotional and psychological factors influence perception of pain and behaviors that are associated with having pain.