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What is cognitive-behavioral therapy?

In one of our posts last week, we discussed how some people who are in an accident might suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. If you recall, we discussed how one of the most effective treatments for PTSD is cognitive-behavioral therapy.

What is CBT?

CBT is a hands-on way to help patients learn how to cope with specific problems. The goal of CBT is to change the way that a person reacts to certain situations by changing the person's attitude to that situation. It brings psychotherapy and behavioral therapy together to help make positive changes in the patient's thought process and behavior.

How does it work?

As a patient goes through CBT, the thoughts he or she has about specific situations are changed. One of the theories upon which CBT is based is that specific events don't affect humans. Instead, it is the emotion that is associated with the event that affects humans. When the negative emotions are allowed to spiral out of control, the person begins to feel depressed or anxious about life. By removing negative associations with specific events, it is thought that the patient can learn how to better deal with the events in question.

It is always important to get the medical care you need after you are involved in an accident. While most people think of this as only dealing with physical injuries, it is also important to get care for any mental health issues, such as PTSD that you are suffering from after an accident. Since getting the treatment you need might be costly, seeking compensation might be something to consider.

Source: PsychCentral, "In-Depth: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy," Ben Martin, Psy.D., accessed June. 01, 2015

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