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November 3, 2011 at 2:21 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

By Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD More Blogs by This Author

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain talks about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and what it entails. He also weighs in on how CBT can be used in partnership with other treatment options.
Gerry Barnaby (host)- Hey, what's up, Barnaby here with another HelloLife moment because you are tapping into a Smart Living Network that is hellolife.net. The guy that's going to be fielding some questions right here, that you've offered up to us, would be Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain, who is a family medicine specialist. We're talking all about anxiety disorders and this one comes from a person who asks, "Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy a viable treatment option? If so, how does it work?" But let's get to the root definition, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, what is that?
Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain- So, that's kind of the fancy was of saying the traditional counseling that people do, there's different aspects of it but the main concept is cognitive, using your mind and behavioral, kind of changing behaviors. So, thinking about things, talking about things and definitely changing behaviors that help out with your anxiety.
B- So, like "talk" therapy as opposed to medicinal therapy?
C- Exactly. It actually has been shown to be very helpful. There's actually a lot of different types: There's the extinction therapies that take something that causes your phobia and be exposed to it slowly over time to make you not afraid of it anymore, not causing anxiety anymore. There's discussing things and making changes in your life to help it, so it's not aggravating your anxiety anymore. So, there's a lot of different things that you can do in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
B- It would seem that the mind is such a powerful entity, that would be preferable to relying on chemicals to take you down a notch, so to speak, so you don't react in a hyper way to something that might be frightening to you.
C- I definitely agree. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most natural way of managing anxiety. It's probably the number one way I'd say is the first...
B- It's almost as if your mind has gotten you into this jam, so your mind is getting you out.
C- Exactly.
B- So, you think it works pretty well?
C- Yea, there's actually really good studies and research showing that it can help a lot of people with anxiety issues. It's a really good way to go, you can use it in combination with other things also, so it's not like you can only do that. Using that in combination with other things such as: natural products or medicine or other things you can do to help with anxiety could really make a difference.
B- So, find a trusted physician to lead you through the process. I think a lot of people would say, "I want to do it the natural way." But, maybe what they need most is to drop it down a notch through some sort of medication so they can become rational enough where they can then address, in an effective way, their situation.
C- Some people do need medications to help out, but sometimes going to the counseling first might be a good first step.
B- Alrighty. Again, start with a person you trust. Your family physician would be a good way to go.
C- Yep.
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