Dr James Korman, PsyD, ACT
Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
CBT Treatment of Anxiety
Anxiety is a condition where individuals experience symptoms that may include persistent worry, muscle tension, racing heart, sweating, shaking and fear of terrible things happening. These symptoms can become severe enough that individuals will avoid specific things (bridges, animals, etc), spend significant amounts of time trying to rid themselves of anxious feelings (performing rituals or self-soothing behaviors), or even isolate themselves in their homes to avoid anxiety episodes.
There are a variety of anxiety disorders that have the above symptoms in some form. These include Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobias and others.
From a CBT perspective, anxiety usually involves constantly looking into the future and a belief that something bad is going to happen. The anxious individual then begins to react emotionally, physically and behaviorally as if the bad event is going to happen. However, research shows that only about 10-15% of the time do bad things truly take place.
CBT teaches anxious individuals how to evaluate their worried assumptions and ideas and how to think more realistically. It also focuses on helping them learn new ways of behaving that prevents inadvertently reinforcing anxiety related beliefs.
There are a variety of different CBT treatment protocols for anxiety depending upon the specific anxiety disorder the individual is suffering from. To learn more about the different types of CBT treatments for anxiety please see The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies www.abct.org and The Academy of Cognitive Therapy www.academyofct.org.
© 2012 James Korman, PsyD