The New York Times addresses CBT for Health Anxiety in this article, "A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria." Jane Brody describes health anxiety as a vicious cycle: "health-related fears can be exaggerated by physical symptoms that develop as a result of anxiety about being sick or getting sick. Anxiety itself can cause a rapid heart rate, chest pain, nausea and sweating that patients then misinterpret as a sign of physical illness. "
Though this type of therapy is not new, CBT helps patients recognize unhealthy beliefs and learn to cope with anxiety provoking situations.
What happens when you take children away from their parents?
It should be no surprise that children, when removed from their parents suffer significant distress that can have lasting deleterious impacts on their adjustment and well-being. Here are some of the problems that are likely to occur:
Children suffer trust issues
Children develop memory problems
Children are prone to the same symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that we see in soldiers returning from war
Children are more likely to suffer physical problems, like addictions, obesity, and binge drinking
Children are more likely to suffer issues of self-esteem
Children are more likely to act out
Children's distress levels are higher
Children are more likely to develop depression
The longer the parent-child separation, the greater the potential problems and the more difficult it is for the affected children to adjust
For children, traumatic events can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health disorders that can cause long lasting effects
For those who are more concerned with the potential financial aspects than with the probable emotional and psychological damage, these problems could easily extend into the child's life as an adult, producing "loss of wages, inability to concentrate at school," and a "reliance on tax payer dollars".
People, whether law-enforcement, corrections officers, support personnel, military, or judicial, who are entrusted with the care of children, should be mindful of these consequences.
ABCT's Board of Directors noted that "President Trump signed an executive order yesterday to keep migrant families together, but this still does not address the 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents." The executive order is short on details to make any of the hoped-for revisions a reality.
We encourage policies that are not harmful to children.
Those interested in a more in depth explanation, including source material, can view this
CBT for Back Pain
The Washington Post outlined various approaches to relieving back pain. The paper outlined the steps to take, and the order in which to use them. CBT is suggested immediately after exercise and yoga and well before meds, acupuncture, chiropractic. Surgery is below the fold. The recommendations for CBT for back pain are from Consumer Reports and are based on the results from a JAMA study. Interestingly, if one is looking for a therapist, the paper suggests going to ABCT's website. Well, congratulations, all you well read people: you found us.
And, for a therapist, like the good people at Consumer Reports and the Washington Post recommend, see
Each month, we look at a disorder or group of disorders to give viewers some sense of what some of the problems are like and how we might go about helping people overcome them. In July we look at personality disorders and some of the approaches therapists might.
We highlight shyness, or social anxiety, not only because it responds well to exposure, but also because those suffering from it might be more likely to want to change and seek treatment themselves.
Take a look at some treatment options that might be used singly or in combination:
In Exposure Therapy, clients are asked to confront the situations they fear, starting with the least frightening situations, mastering them, moving to more difficult situations, mastering them, and so on until the most difficult situations no longer interfere with the client’s life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
In CBT, clients are taught to examine their ways of thinking about feared situations. They do this by looking at whether their behavior is truly inadequate; looking at whether other people are really likely to evaluate them negatively, and, if they do, how important that is; and looking at their belief that feared negative consequences are likely to occur. Armed with new ways of thinking, they may act out these situations with their therapist or therapy assistants, or other group members. Thereafter, clients are encouraged to confront their real-life feared situations (just as in Exposure Therapy), using their new coping skills and relying on the successful experiences they have had in sessions.
Social Skills Training
Social Skills Training teaches new ways to act (like using eye contact and asking appropriate questions) in many different situations through practice and rehearsal.
Applied Relaxation Training
Applied Relaxation Training helps clients to learn to relax while in the situations they fear.
For a list of treatment providers who work with PERSONALITY ISSUES, check out ABCT's Find-A-Therapist page here
CBT Effective in Combating Suicide
ABCT member Judith Beck outlines the ways that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works as an effective treatment for suicidality. She describes how creating a safety plan provides hope, and how CBT uses clear steps to teaching people to solve problems and prevent relapses.
ABCT weighs in on the effects on children of being separated from their parents
Members consulted the literature on this, and posted results from the literature. Needless to say, the findings don't paint pretty pictures. Studies included refugees in Christmas Island, survivors of natural disaster in Australia, left behind children in China, and more.
Detention is not good for children; children in detention handle it better if with their parents; Chinese children left behind as their migrant parents work fair worse than children who accompany their migrant parents even though the living conditions are tougher; foster care, when parents are alive, is sometimes a source of confusion.
Problems are detailed in our posting, with full coverage here
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