CBT is a scientifically validated, evidence-based treatment, which research shows is the most effective form of ‘talking therapy’ for a wide range of common emotional and physical health problems.
Because of its proven efficacy, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend that everyone should be offered CBT as the first-line treatment for depression and anxiety problems, as an alternative to antidepressant treatment.
CBT is highly effective for a wide range of common mental health conditions. It is as effective as antidepressant treatment for depression and may reduce the risk of relapse after treatment has been completed. It is also highly effective for a wide range of anxiety disorders. CBT has been show to be effective in the treatment of:
CBT has also been shown to be extremely effective for improving physical symptoms and emotional distress associated with a wide range of physical health problems and long-term conditions including:
CBT is effective for the treatment of depression in patients with cancer. CBT can also be adapted and utilised to reduce patients’ symptoms of low mood, anxiety and pain in the palliative care setting. There is emerging evidence that palliative care practitioners can be trained effectively to undertake brief CBT with their patients.
CBT has also been shown to be beneficial in the management of medically unexplained symptoms and functional somatic disorders including:
CBT offers an effective psychological intervention for childhood depression. NICE guidelines recommend the use of CBT as a first line treatment for children and young people with moderate to severe depression. CBT is also a highly effective psychological treatment for anxiety disorders in young people, and is the most effective talking therapy for eating disorders. CBT may also be beneficial in reducing disruptive classroom behaviours and aggressive/antisocial behaviours, and shows some efficacy in managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Mental health problems affect many working individuals. The presence of emotional and mental health problems leads to an adverse effect on work performance due to fatigue, poor concentration and memory problems. The cost of presenteeism in the UK alone is estimated to be £15.1 billion each year.
Mental health conditions are also some of the commonest reasons for workplace absence, and account for a high proportion of long-term sickness absence. The UK cost of absenteeism is estimated to be £8.4 billion.
Emotional factors are also strongly implicated in the long-term work outcomes for people with chronic physical conditions such as chronic back pain.
CBT has been shown to be effective in treatment of depression and anxiety and associated with increased rates of return to work after therapy and is likely to improve functioning, resilience and performance within the workplace.