Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a method of helping people deal with their problems by changing the way they think and behave. It is used extensively in anxiety treatment. The video provides some insight into how CBT works.
It contains snippets of a session between an actual therapist and her patient.
Learning How to Breath
CBT professionals use relaxation-breathing techniques to help patients get their anxiety under control. They prefer this method because it is easy to learn and easy to do anywhere. When people feel panicked, their breathing becomes erratic. This can take two forms: either they begin breathing too rapidly or holding their breath. This can contribute to the physical symptoms of anxiety. Getting breathing under control is the most effective means of reducing the symptoms of anxiety.
Becoming Comfortable with the Symptoms
Being able to identify the symptoms of anxiety or a panic attack will help you become more comfortable with them. This is the first step toward dealing with your anxiety. The key to CBT is learning how to control thoughts, feelings, and actions directly. Once you have mastered how your body responds to stressful or distressing situations, you will be better placed to use the techniques you have learned.
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