Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as an Aid
Many sufferers of conditions such as Fibromyalgia and M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) find that they experience periods of deep depression which is brought about by feelings of uselessness and being unable to be as physically active as they were before they were afflicted with the condition. These negative thoughts which do manifest themselves as anxiety, depression, stress and have physical side effects such as nausea and headaches can be overcome however using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?Principally Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a psychological practice used to help individuals suffering from mental health issues. It is also used to help sufferers of phobias and is now being used as a means to help those suffering from debilitating illnesses such as Fibromyalgia and M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is split into two sections – Cognitive being that of the mind and Behavioural which includes dealing with phobias head on by confronting them. For example if a phobic had a fear of spiders they might be – over a period of time encouraged to come into close contact with a spider in order to show that the spider is of no threat to them.
How Could Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Help a Fibromyalgia Sufferer?As we have already touched upon sufferers of both Fibromyalgia and M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) often find that they are plagued by anxiety and depression as a result of their inability to perform routine tasks as they did before they fell ill. This is very much the case if the individual was highly active both in their private lives and their career and can often render them unable to interact with others around them for fear of being considered worthless or treated as an invalid.
As much as these thoughts may be nothing more than the perception of the individual suffering from the condition they are strong enough to overwhelm even the strongest personality and that is where Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can come into its own.