If Anxiety Controls Your Life, Medication Isn't The Only Way to Get Help
Sep 11, 2019
Anxiety is something we all experience at some points in life, but for some, it can feel out of control in the way we experience it. When anxiety has such a firm grip on what you can accomplish from day to day, sometimes medication can only temporarily alleviate your symptoms. This is where cognitive behavioral therapy steps in to help you see long-lasting progress in the struggle with anxiety.
What is CBT?
therapy, otherwise known as CBT, is a skill-building psychotherapy that
teaches patients how to better cope with their emotions and cognitive
processing. CBT can be used to treat patients diagnosed
with a wide variety of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety,
or even substance abuse issues. CBT works to change a person's attitude
or how they think to better deal with life's stressors. CBT changes the
person's perception by focusing on their
thoughts, self-image, and beliefs, to identify their more deeply rooted
How does CBT help?
CBT is usually practiced through mindfulness, grounding techniques, and repetitions like breathing slowly and deeply. Teaching the patient how to take a step back from their emotions and headspace to better address a problem allows them to react in a more productive way.
In a case such as
anxiety, it is hard to medicate consistently without relying on "as
needed" medications (which can end up becoming highly addicting for the
patient seeking treatment). With anxiety, most symptoms are
an overreaction to situational occurrences, like going to the grocery
store and paying for the items, or a job interview. Depending on the
severity of a person's anxiety, it can feel as though they are unable to
escape and could trigger a much more physical
reaction like a panic attack. In an instance where they felt uneasy and
anxiety onsetting, medication could be used to treat their symptoms,
however, medication is not always available. The incredible thing about
CBT is that once a person learns and proactively
uses the CBT skills, they will always have those skills at their
disposal. Rather than using a pill to temporarily ease the anxiety, that
same patient could use their grounding skills to take a few minutes to
control their breathing pattern and effectively
remove themselves from the stressful situation that is causing such an
intense reaction. Using those skills to take a step back and gather
their composure gives them a second chance to evaluate the situation and
address their response, and potentially move
forward with ease.
Please contact us if you are seeking cognitive behavioral therapy and would like to learn more.