How Can Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Help?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy far GAD can help you identify your beliefs about the costs and benefits of worrying, and show you how to recognize the difference been productive and unproductive worrying. Your therapist will help you carry out experiments in “letting go” of worry and postponing worry. In addition, you will learn how to overcome your avoidance of activities or thoughts about which you worry. Your therapist may also use interventions such as muscle relaxation, biofeedback, breathing exercises, time management techniques, and treatment of insomnia in order to reduce your overall levels of anxious arousal. Other interventions may include addressing your concern that worrying too much may be harmful, assessing your tendency to jump to conclusions that awful things will happen, and helping you learn to distinguish between anxiety and actual facts. Your therapist can teach you to use an extensive self-help form (“Questions to Ask Yourself If You Are Worrying”) that can help you get a better perspective on worrying. Finally, since you are worrying throughout the day, your therapist will assist you in limiting worry to “worry time” and will help you keep track of the different themes of worry.