A doctoral thesis from Swedish university proves, once again, that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective in reducing stress related burnout and adjustment.
Stress is a reason behind a number of body illnesses. It affects negatively daily activities for every one and creates societal costs due to decreased productivity and sick days. In the research part of this thesis participants were invited into a brief 12 week long program with weekly contact, accounting for about 10 minutes of personal contact between participant and therapist. Even such apparently brief intervention was successful in significantly reducing stress symptoms immediately after the program, also at 6 and 12 month follow-ups after the program was concluded.
My bit: cognitive behavioral program content usually is this: some information about the theory, about anxiety, main methods for preventing stress and reducing stress that is already occurring, personal stress management plan, homework and chekup on how the homework went, and homework adjustments. Theory states that every one of us has spontaneously arising automatic thoughts, followed by the emotional reaction and followed by the specific behavior, based on this emotion. Analysis of automatic thoughts and changing them (gathering arguments through Socratic questioning as well as training to mindfully change the internal dialogue) helps to shift the emotional response as well as change the behavior that is not beneficial to your health and well-being.
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