Other treatments and how they compare
CBT is used in many conditions, so it isn't possible to list them all. These alternatives can be applied to the most common problems - anxiety and depression.
- CBT isn't for everyone. Another type of talking treatment may work better for you.
- CBT works as well as anti-depressants for many forms of depression. It may be slightly better than anti-depressants in helping anxiety.
- For severe depression, CBT should be used with anti-depressant medication. When you are very low, you may find it hard to change the way you think until the anti-depressants have started to make you feel better.
- Tranquillisers should not be used as a long term treatment for anxiety. CBT is a better option.
Problems with CBT
- CBT is not a quick fix. A therapist is like a personal trainer that advises and encourages - but cannot 'do' it for you.
- If you are feeling low, it can be difficult to concentrate and get motivated.
- To overcome anxiety, you need to confront it. This may lead you to feel more anxious for a short time.
- A good therapist will pace your sessions. You decide what you do together, so you stay in control.