Therapists may Soon Be Replaced by Cognitive Behavior Apps
A therapist can mean life to those who have been struggling with their mental health. However, not everyone would prefer sitting down and talking to a human being. Just like how tellers have been replaced by ATMS, therapists too can be replaced by computerized mechanisms. There could be a time in the future when there will be less and fewer therapists, and some can get help through apps.
Remote therapy that is delivered remotely through email is just as good for a lot of mental health patients. Those who suffered from anxiety and several phobias benefited from computerized treatment just as much as they did through a human. With this probably being the next biggest thing in mental health treatment, here are some things you should know about CBT.
Main Components of Cognitive Behavior Theory
Different kinds of CBTs have different amounts of exposure and cognitive interventions. The main components of the larger category that have been repeatedly found to result in symptom reduction are exposure therapy and cognitive restructuring.
Exposure therapy deals with helping people face and controls their fears by controlled exposure to the traumatic memory that they have been experiencing in the context of a safe environment. The exposure can consist of mental imagery, visits to people or places that trigger them or writing. Cognitive restructuring, on the other hand, deals with helping people make sense out of bad memories. It aims to help people take a different view at what happened to get a realistic perspective on such trauma.
Cognitive Processing Therapy
This is a form of cognitive behavior therapy which seeks to evaluate and change thoughts which are connected to trauma. This zooms in on the way people see themselves, others as well as the world after experiencing a traumatic event.
Many times, a person gets twisted views on the world around them after experiencing trauma. These illogical and inaccurate thoughts is what can keep a person stuck in such cycle. CPT seeks to help you break free at such cycle by opening your eyes to why the trauma took place. You get equipped with skills which will help you evaluate if your thoughts are supported by facts and if there are more helpful alternatives for how you should perceive your trauma.
Stress Inoculation Training
This is another type of CBT which teaches a person to reduce anxiety by cultivating coping skills to deal with the stress which might come with PTSD. This can be used of as a treatment by itself or can be used alongside other types of CBTs.
The main approach for this kind of therapy is to teach people to react differently to the symptoms which they might experience. By learning different kinds of coping skills which could include breathing retraining, cognitive restructuring, muscle relaxation and assertiveness, one can be better equipped in handling trauma.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy
This is an evidence backed and manualized protocol which has been proven effective for the treatment of PTSD. Numerous studies over the past few decades have shown that this approach can significantly reduce the symptoms of PTSD as well as that of anger, depression and anxiety.
This involves in vivo exposure wherein one repeatedly engages in activities that are avoided because of the trauma, but are not really dangerous. Imaginal exposure, on the other hand, involves repeatedly revisiting the traumatic experience in memory and describing the event aloud in detail.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
This is a form of psychotherapy which involves processing upsetting trauma related memories, feelings and associated thoughts. This asks participants to pay attention to either a sound or a repetitive back and forth movement while thinking about such traumatic memory. This has been shown to be effective particularly for PTSD, however, others would say that the back and forth movement is not actually the active treatment component. The exposure is what does the job.
Traumatized people are very far from being hopeless. All they need is to learn some skills and to get over their traumatic mentality which can be achieved through cognitive behavior therapy. What do you think about cognitive behavior therapy for treating PTSD? What are the best ways in managing and treating PTSD? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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