Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Another type of treatment for stress is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which is a talking therapy which can help manage your problems and change the way individuals think or behave about the situation. It is a combination of cognitive and behavioural therapy which is based on your thoughts and feelings. CBT aims to deal with the issues in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller segments. It is dealing with the negative thoughts and changing them into positive thoughts to improve the way you feel. This is different to other treatments as it tries to deal with your current issues rather than only focusing on the issues from the past. This, therefore. looks at practical ways to improve individual 's thoughts on a daily basis. …show more content…
Meichenbaum wanted to change the emotional responses and their behaviour prior to the individual becoming anxious or depressed due to stress. It is based on the way individuals interpret a situation because of their negative thoughts. There are three stages carried out by a therapist. The first stage is conceptualisation, the therapist helps the individual to identify the stressors and how they will respond. The second stage is skill acquisition and rehearsal, the therapist helps the individual to practice and develop positive coping mechanisms to deal with stressful situations. Relaxation techniques are also practised. Lastly, the third stage is application and follow-through where the individual begins to apply the new skills which have been taught in real life. It has had positive results and been successful with acute and chronic stress, however, some individuals still are unable to cope even with the new techniques. Similar to CBT, it can be very time-consuming and again needs high levels of motivation, this would depend on the individual’s personality and symptoms of PTSD. (Psychological methods: Stress inoculation training (SIT), …show more content…
Individual’s all have different personality, identity, mental health conditions and symptoms. Hence, there are various stress management tools to be able to fulfil the needs of individuals. Each individual would need to be assessed on severity and on an individual basis to be able to choose the right treatment for them personally. Using any stress management technique l will not make conditions worse or have a negative impact on the individual, it may just not treat them or help to reduce their symptoms. Therefore, stress techniques constitute as a safe and effective approach for reducing symptoms of stress. It may be the case having to trial them all to find the right solution for them. On conclusion, it would suggest that patience would play a big part in the recovery for individuals with mental health

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