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Clinically Proved CBT - Holistic Approach to Help Patients with Different Physiological Needs

Clinically Proved CBT - Holistic Approach to Help Patients with Different Physiological Needs

Like Judy’s case, when we fell into emotional crisis after breaking up with our partner, it is clinically proved that using Holistic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help the people with more than one emotional problem.

First of all, what is CBT?

There are different kinds of therapies in psychological therapy area. CBT, which targets on mentality and behavior to improve patient’s emotional status has been clinically tested to be effective. Being directed against the specific sickness, such as Depression Disorder, Panic Disorder or Social Phobia, CBT has been developed into different branches.

However, according to the scientific researches on mental illnesses for the past ten years, they share similarity in mechanism in five aspects:

Aversion to negative emotion
Attention bias - Tending to focus on negative stimulation and overlook the positive ones
Cognitive distortion
Maladaptive and Repetitive thinking processes 
- leads to their rewinding of unhappy experience of the past and worry of the future
Emotional driven behavior

Against Common Psychological Mechanism to Dissolve Cognitive Distortion

In Judy’s case, she was suffering from both Depression Disorder and Panic Disorder. The joy in life would be easily forgotten, but unhappiness stays for long. When sadness strikes, the sense of failure of herself arises immediately. 

Negative emotions would distort Judy’s cognition to things around, such as "I would break down emotionally if I walk pass locations I used to go with my ex-boyfriend”, "My friends must be laughing at me on my back”, or "I may faint if I travel too far by myself”. 

When such negative thinking hovered, her worry is deepened. She feels herself useless for not even being able to control her own mentality. A vicious circle has been formed in her head. However, retreat and escape does not only fail to solve the problem, but on the other hand worsen it. 

In the process of Holistic CBT, we would encourage participant to recognize his or her own emotions and try to enhance the above five psychological mechanisms. Such therapy emphasizes practice to educate participant new mode of thinking and behaving. 

After group therapy, Judy understood that emotion is like a thermometer, reflecting the reality of her life. Regardless of it is negative or positive, emotion has its own function. Therefore, there is no need to suppress or escape from it, only to notice it in a friendly manner.

Holistic CBT aims to cure emotional problem from its root cause, thus patients with different emotional problems can join in the same therapy group. Through experience sharing, we may all understand that emotional up and downs are common in humanity. We may also learn from each other on how to face and handle different emotional distress.

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