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CBT for anxiety relief: How treatment can make a difference to mental well-being?

14.03.2018 - Articles, Mental health

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety is a treatment that has enabled countless individuals to find relief from worry and stress. But what is CBT – and how does it work?

For those in need of help with anxiety, CBT can provide welcome respite from a very debilitating problem. Anxiety is a common condition that is associated with severe or long-lasting feelings of uneasiness.

People with anxiety may also experience symptoms such as:

  • constant worry
  • insomnia
  • tiredness
  • lack of concentration.

Physical symptoms can include:

  • stomach
  • chest pains
  • shaking
  • shortness of breath

CBT is a widely used form of treatment for anxiety disorders, which affect over 260 million people worldwide. It is a discussion-based therapy that normally takes place on one-to-one basis with a qualified psychiatrist or trained psychotherapist.

Can CBT cure anxiety?

Many people find CBT effective as an anxiety treatment, and there is strong evidence it can help them to lead a normal life. As a result, CBT is recognised as a therapy for anxiety and depression by the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.

During Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, people with anxiety are helped to identify patterns of thought, or actions and feelings that lead to negativity in their life. The therapist is then able to help the individual to break these cycles by developing coping strategies. Hence CBT can be highly effective for anxiety relief.

How long does it take for CBT to work for anxiety?

The act of seeking professional help is often a huge relief in itself, although CBT may take time to work. Treatment duration may vary from person to person, but it may typically involve regular sessions over a period of several weeks or months.

Professor Wulf Rössler is a world-renowned practitioner of psychiatry at The Kusnacht Practice. His expert team provides tailored care plans that combine CBT with other treatments such as Bio-R (Biomolecular Restoration) for anxiety, depression, and mental burnout. Professor Rössler said: “Many of our clients find Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) very effective for mental well-being. It can be combined with Bio-R, which is helpful for correcting imbalances in biochemistry that are associated with anxiety. Our aim is always to identify and treat the underlying causes of any issue such as anxiety. It is reassuring that in many cases it is possible for a client to subsequently lead a happy and fulfilled life.”

Click here if you would like more information about CBT for anxiety at The Kusnacht Practice.