What Is CBT (Part II)?

We have begun talking about a popular form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

CBT is based on several assumptions, the first of which is that beliefs, behaviors, and feelings are interconnected. I examined this premise in my previous article.

Today I will explore the second assumption.


What Is CBT (Part I)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), one of the most researched therapeutic approaches for anxiety disorders, uses cognitive and behavioral techniques to help people manage their mental health difficulties (see my previous article).

CBT makes several assumptions, the first of which I will discuss in today's article.


What Are the Main Types of Therapy for Anxiety?

In my previous post I talked about finding the right word to label what we are feeling. This is a useful skill. I will refer to it again when I discuss cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and related exercises, starting next week.

But before I do that, it might be helpful to talk a little about the main kinds of therapy that are available for fear and anxiety. CBT is certainly one of the more common ones but there are others.


Do You Have the Right Word to Express How You Feel?

In an episode of The Simpsons, this conversation took place:
Bart–Wow, my father an astronaut, I feel so full of...what’s the opposite of shame?


Bart–No, not that far from shame.

Homer–Less shame?

As mentioned previously, I am beginning a series of articles on treatments for fear and anxiety, starting with a review of different forms of therapy next week, and then a few posts on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Some CBT exercises require that we, just like Bart in the above quote, identify and communicate our feelings. So I decided to spend some time today talking about naming our feelings.


Eleven Types of Anxiety Disorders: What Are They?

I have been reviewing the psychology of fear and anxiety in my last few posts, discussing their similarities and differences.

Excessive fear and anxiety, however, can be a sign of an anxiety disorder. In today’s post, I will explain what an anxiety disorder is and then briefly describe the variety of anxiety disorders, all eleven of them.


What Is Anxiety?


Last week we talked about fear. This week, we turn to anxiety. But what is anxiety?

Anxiety has often been conceptualized as a “diffuse” and “objectless apprehension,”1 the kind of apprehension that people experience when they feel something bad is about to happen but are uncertain...


What Is Fear?

In my introduction to the blog, I noted that I planned to talk about the physiology of fear in this week’s entry.
So what is fear? Fear, simply put, is a “reaction to a specific, observable danger.”1

Imagine that you are at work, sitting at your desk, when the elevator doors open and in comes a...lion! Or a gunman, who begins running towards you.