Studies indicate that treatments based on cognitive behavioural principles lead to the greatest long-term success. CBT incorporates the principle that people’s behaviour and emotions depend to a large degree on their perception of what they understand is happening – which may or may not accurately reflect reality.
What a person thinks and anticipates greatly affects their reaction to events and people. Cognitive behaviour therapy looks at the relationship between what people think, feel, say and do, and is used successfully to enable people to overcome many different types of anxiety problems. Having understood what one is thinking, and recognised the effect on feelings and behaviour, it can often be possible to train oneself in a different way.
This new behaviour can then lead to a potentially more satisfying way of life, and become part of the person’s normal pattern of existence.