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Why behavioural therapy is becoming so popular 

Life can throw many things at you, and how you deal with those ups and downs can have an effect on your mental health. While it is important to try to put a positive spin on things, even at the worst times, some people have a harder job of doing that than others. This can lead to negative thoughts and problematic behaviour that treatments such as behavioural therapy can help to redress.

Let us see why behavioural therapy is becoming so popular and how it can help.

How is behavioural therapy used?

When someone’s mental health starts to harm their thoughts and actions, behavioural therapy can be used effectively to counteract these symptoms.

Therapists who have undergone couples therapy training courses often use behavioural therapy as a tool to help one or both partners.

A therapist will interact with the patient and try to identify any thought patterns that may cause unhealthy activities or beliefs.

People who have been through trauma or another serious event can suffer from these thoughts. Behavioural therapy has been shown to be successful in many cases.

The number of sessions required in order to help patients varies depending on the progress of the therapy. For ingrained and severe mental health problems, treatment may go on for some time.

Many areas of mental healthcare use behavioural therapy as a treatment. These include in relation to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Effective behavioural therapy techniques

Behavioural therapy has many types that are used as either a treatment or a preventative measure.

  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy is used to identify unhealthy patterns and thought processes and encourage new thoughts.
  • Classroom teachers will often use behavioural therapy to promote a positive atmosphere and encourage students to do the same.
  • Parent training is designed to help parents enforce positive behaviour and deter negative thoughts and feelings. This is done by rewarding good behaviour and addressing any negative actions.
  • Peer counselling is a way to help students deal with negative thoughts and ideas through the support of their peers. This can be especially helpful if a student isn’t able to tell a teacher about their feelings.

The factors behind the increasing demand for behavioural therapy

Some reports suggest that behavioural therapy can be an effective alternative to medication. Experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that doctors do not prescribe ADHD medication to those under six years of age until their parents have had behavioural therapy training.

Amid adverse other events such as the pandemic, many more people have experienced issues with their mental health. This has led to more referrals to doctors and therapists for treatment for depression and anxiety.

Conclusion

Behavioural therapy has shown that it is highly effective for a variety of mental health conditions. With doctors looking to avoid long-term medication, behavioural therapy is becoming a sought-after alternative. Many patients are also looking for non-medication avenues to deal with their mental health, and this type of therapy may be a good option for them.

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