CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), depression and anxiety

CBTCognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a technique used in counseling that all of us as parents could learn from. CBT is a structured technique that helps you become more aware of inaccurate or negative thinking.  With CBT, the therapist helps you focus on the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

In the study, “The pediatric Obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment study for young children (POTS Jr) – a randomized clinical trial”  published April 2014 in JAMA (you can read here… ), they compared family based CBT (FB-CBT) to family based relaxation techniques (FB-RT) in 5–8 year olds with OCD.

After 14 weeks, 72% of the children were either very much improved or much improved, using FB-CBT compared with FB-RT at 41%. The author states, “With appropriate parental support, young children with OCD can make significant gains beyond what can be expected from having parents attempt to teach relaxation strategies to their children with OCD”.

If you are depressed and are having the thoughts “I am worthless” or with anxiety and you feel “I’m in danger” you believe these thoughts to be true.  A skilled CBT therapist can help you challenge these irrational beliefs.  You may be asked to write down your thoughts as they come so you can then look for patterns of thoughts that lead to self-destructive behaviors.

You may be asked to schedule positive activities, to get better sleep, and for the fears, phobias, and anxieties, you may need to expose yourself to these in small doses in a safe, supportive environment in order to overcome the greatest fears.

You can read more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy here…

 

 

 

 

Dr. Paul

 

 

 

 

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