Also referred to as talking therapy, psychological treatments can help in changing your way of thinking about things and situations. This goes a long way in assisting you to keep your anxiety under control and reduce irrational thoughts.
There are a variety of different and effective psychological treatments available for treating anxiety along with different and varied delivery options. While patients prefer to sit one on one with a professional, others prefer to opt for a group environment.
Nowadays, there are also several other methods available like online programs and e-therapies are also available.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a way of psychological treatment that recognizes the fact that the way we think and act affects to a great degree the way we feel.
CBT involves working with a therapist to identify various thought patterns that are making you feel more anxious or preventing you from becoming better and feeling good when you are feeling anxiety.
Once these thoughts are identified, you can then move onto making changes to them and replacing them with new thoughts that can help you in reducing your anxiety.
The main difference with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is that in behavior therapy no attempt is made in changing the beliefs and attitudes of the patient.
Instead, it focuses on engaging in activities that are pleasant and rewarding and help in reversing the negative thoughts that endorses a constant feeling of worry and anxiety.
It is important to remember here that if you try to avoid the chance to face a situation that evokes fear then you will never be able to overcome your fears and anxiety and prove to yourself that you can cope with such situations.
Behavior therapy applies a method called ‘graded exposure’ where you are slowly exposed to situations that might cause to you feel anxious. This experience helps patients to slowly overcome their fear and assists to stop avoiding such stressful situations and putting things into perspective.
Also known as online therapies or computer-assisted psychological therapies; e-therapies are equally effective as CBT and behavioral therapy when it comes to treating people with mild to moderate levels of anxiety.
Most e-therapies follow the same methods like CBT and behavioral therapy and their structured nature of treatment is best suited to be delivered online.
Some advantage of this therapy involves:
- Easily accessible.
- Can be carried out from home.
- Beneficial for people living in remote and rural areas.
- Visiting a doctor is not necessary.