Help for mental health

Mental health problems will affect most of us at some point in our lives and one in four of us will seek help from our GP. In addition, most of us will experience a wide range of emotional problems such as relationship problems or low self-esteem.  

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was pioneered by Professor Aaron T Beck in the 1960s in the USA and has since been known for its clinically proven effectiveness in treating psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as problems such as marital difficulties and weight problems. This popular form of therapy is now recommended in the UK by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of anxiety, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder and generalised anxiety disorder.

CBT takes the approach that the way we think, feel and behave are all closely linked, and that by changing the way we think about ourselves, our experiences and the world around us, we can change how we feel and what we are able to do. So, for example, by helping a depressed person identify and challenge their automatic depressive thoughts, they can find a route out of the cycle of depressive thoughts and feelings. In the same way, the way we behave is determined by how we think and feel and so CBT, by providing a way for the behavior, thoughts and feelings to be brought under control, helps us to break negative patterns of behavior and lead a different kind of life.

Such problems can be effectively treated using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). 

A large number of chronic or long-term physical conditions such as chronic pain can also be treated effectively using CBT.

This section contains information produced by Overcoming on over 30 different psychological, emotional or physical conditions. Choose a topic from the list on the left - you'll find a wealth of information about the problem, as well as advice on how to treat it and information on self-help materials produced by Overcoming.

The Overcoming series is a series of CBT-based self-help books, book-based courses (also available to download) and audio resources. Our authors are psychologists, psychiatrists, CBT-trained therapists and counsellors and each of them is a leading expert in their field. The books are based on their many years of experience treating patients.  The Overcoming series is recommended to thousands of people by the NHS as part of its Books on Prescription scheme.


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