When left untreated, mental health issues can spiral out of control, leading to severe problems, such as:
People struggling with mental health issues may even experience suicidal thoughts or make suicide attempts. Fortunately, treatments available can help you recognize and address the underlying causes of your mental health concerns.
There are many approaches to treating mental health issues—some involve medication, while others involve different types of counseling or therapy. At GBBH, we use evidence-based treatments such as CBT and approaches that sprung from it: dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
CBT is one of the most widely used forms of psychotherapy today. It focuses on examining how thoughts shape people’s behavior to identify unhelpful patterns contributing to their distress or maladaptive behaviors. CBT helps people develop skills to change their thought processes, behaviors, and overall lifestyle to manage their emotions better and live healthier lives.
CBT can treat a wide range of mental health conditions, such as:
Each person’s experience with CBT will vary depending on their individual needs and goals for treatment.
There are many advantages to undergoing CBT. These benefits are likely why this therapeutic approach is so popular, and include the following:
Generally, any form of psychotherapy can benefit people working on managing or treating their mental health concerns. Sometimes, specific forms of CBT can be more effective—such as DBT for people struggling with certain types of trauma or ACT for people dealing with intense emotions. However, CBT is proven to be particularly helpful in improving mental health and well-being.