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Where CBT Can Help You

Part of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been proven to benefit several different psychological conditions. If you suffer from any of the following problems, CBT can help you deal with them and give you greater control over your emotions:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a condition of feeling anxious at varying degrees almost all of the time. People with GAD often worry incessantly about the possibility of bad things happening to them or to their loved ones.

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can take a lot of different forms but it is characterised by unwelcome intrusive thoughts and a compulsion to carry out elaborate rituals in an effort to prevent feared events from happening.

  • Panic attacks often lead people to believe that they’re having a heart attack, about to pass out, or in some cases even to die because the physical sensations are so strong. Panic attacks may occur in specific situations or they can just seem to come out of the blue.

  • Phobias are specific fears of everyday things or situations. Phobias are called irrational fears because the degree of fear experienced is out of proportion to the actual threat involved. People can develop phobias of almost anything, but more common ones include agoraphobia, a phobia of crowded places and/or being away from familiar areas where you feel safe; claustrophobia, fear of being in a confined space; emetophobia, fear of vomiting; needle and injection phobia; animal phobias and fear of heights.

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a state of anxiety resulting from a traumatic event which was either life threatening or significantly threatened a person’s physical integrity. People can develop PTSD from witnessing an event that leads them to feel extreme fear and horror. Possible examples of traumatic events leading to PTSD may include traffic accidents, robberies, natural disasters, assault and war.