How effective is CBT?

  • It is one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem.
  • It is the most effective psychological treatment for moderate and severe depression.
  • It is as effective as antidepressants for many types of depression.

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Five Areas Assessment

A life situation, relationship or practical problems
(e.g. a problem/difficult situation/event occurs)
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Altered thinking
unrealistic, extreme and unhelpful thoughts
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Altered emotional feelings
Altered physical feelings/symptoms
Altered behaviour
(reduced activity, avoiding things or doing something unhelpful)
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Facing a fear of flying

Step 1: Look at photos of planes.

Step 2: Watch a video of a plane in flight.

Step 3: Watch real planes take off.

Step 4: Book a plane ticket.

Step 5: Pack for your flight.

Step 6: Drive to the airport.

Step 7: Check in for your flight.

Step 8: Wait for boarding.

Step 9: Get on the plane.

Step 10: Take the flight.