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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of mental health therapy. It is used to help you create more realistic, appropriate thoughts about yourself and your behaviors. CBT is short-term therapy that may last up to 20 sessions. You may work individually with a mental health provider, or in a group of others with similar disorders. CBT may be combined with medicines that help treat your disorder.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Follow the treatment plan by attending your scheduled sessions. Keep a journal and write down your questions. Bring them to your CBT sessions.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You become more sad or fearful.
  • Your behaviors return or continue after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You feel like hurting yourself.
  • You have done something on purpose to hurt yourself.

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