One of our core alternative medicine treatment options for treating tinnitus is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
CBT is a scientifically-backed treatment that we successfully employ to treat a variety of brain sensitivity disorders, including tinnitus.
CBT is a type of psychotherapy that helps you understand how your thoughts and emotions directly influence your behaviors. It equips you with strategies to identify and change destructive thought patterns that negatively influence your behavior and overall well-being.
CBT is highly effective because of its practical, hands-on approach. It doesn't just help you understand your thoughts and feelings; it also teaches you how to change them for the better.
This therapy helps retrain your brain away from your tinnitus and improves your overall health and well-being.
CBT has been extensively studied and proven its effectiveness in numerous scientific studies. That is why it is part of our approach at NeuroMed, where we combine alternative and traditional treatments together to get you back to living your life.
Understanding the ins and outs of CBT is key to reaping its benefits.
Principles of CBT
CBT is based on the following core principles:
- First, it believes that your thoughts - not external events - determine your feelings.
- Second, it recognizes that your perception of situations often causes distress, not the situations themselves.
- Finally, CBT emphasizes that you can change your thoughts and emotions, leading to a change in behavior.
You can reframe irrational and negative thoughts more realistically and positively by identifying and challenging them.
Connection Between Thoughts, Feelings, Behaviors, and Physical Sensations in CBT
CBT operates on the premise that our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physical sensations are interconnected. For instance, if you constantly think negatively about your capabilities, you'll likely feel low, perform poorly at tasks, and may even experience physical symptoms, such as fatigue.
CBT helps you break this cycle by teaching you to challenge and change these negative thoughts, leading to improved emotions, behaviors, and physical well-being.
This connection between mental and physical well-being is why CBT is one of the many treatment options in the NeuroMed Solution.
Evolution from Cognitive Therapy to Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Dr. Aaron T. Beck originally developed cognitive therapy in the 1960s. Back then, it was primarily focused on changing negative thought patterns.
However, further research revealed the importance of behaviors and emotions in the therapeutic process. As a result, cognitive therapy evolved into cognitive-behavioral therapy, which now addresses thoughts, behaviors, and emotions together for a more complete and effective approach to mental health treatment.
This more comprehensive approach is why it is also an effective method for treating conditions such as vertigo, dizziness, and tinnitus.
CBT utilizes various techniques to help you identify and change destructive thought patterns that influence your behavior and emotions. Here are some key techniques:
- Cognitive restructuring or reframing: This involves identifying, challenging, and altering stress-inducing thought distortions and irrational beliefs.
- Guided discovery: This approach encourages you to explore and test your beliefs, assumptions, and thought patterns to see if they are rational or can be reframed.
- Exposure therapy: It helps you face and control your fear instead of avoiding it. It is often used in treating phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Journaling and thought records: This self-monitoring technique involves tracking behaviors, symptoms, or occurrences to identify patterns and triggers. It's also known as diary work.
- Activity scheduling: This involves planning and participating in enjoyable and meaningful activities to manage depressive symptoms and promote positive experiences.
- Goal-setting and problem-solving: These techniques help define clear goals and develop strategies to achieve them, enhancing your ability to cope with life's challenges.
- Practicing new skills: CBT often involves learning and practicing new skills, like communication or stress management techniques.
These techniques are often used in combination, customized to your unique needs. At NeuroMed, our patient-centric approach ensures we choose the best techniques to support your overall health and well-being.
CBT will be an effective part of your tinnitus rehabilitation plan. Tinnitus often involves heightened reactions to certain triggers, and CBT can teach you how to identify these triggers and change your reaction to them.
How CBT Identifies and Manages Triggers
CBT allows you to understand your triggers and how they affect your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. By helping you to recognize these triggers, CBT enables you to develop strategies for managing them, reducing the distress they cause.
CBT doesn't just help you to identify and manage triggers. It also equips you with relaxation techniques and stress management strategies to help you cope with distressing situations.
Additionally, through cognitive restructuring, CBT helps you to challenge and change negative thoughts, promoting healthier thought patterns.
At NeuroMed, we incorporate fundamental CBT exercises into our treatment protocols. These exercises help you understand the link between your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physical sensations. We give you the tools to challenge and change unhelpful thought patterns.
Our philosophy uses CBT to help you identify the negative thought patterns that are causing distress and negatively impacting your life. Through individual exercises and easy access to information that we will provide you, you’ll be able to challenge these thoughts and replace them with healthier, more positive ones.
Our CBT treatment protocols offer numerous benefits. They can help you manage your condition's mental health side effects and improve your quality of life if you're dealing with a non-psychiatric disorder.
Most importantly, our CBT protocols empower you to take control of your mental health, guiding you toward a happier, healthier future.
When treating tinnitus at NeuroMed, we use an integrated rehabilitation approach that includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
To schedule an appointment at NeuroMed, call us at 1-888-226-6330 or request an appointment online.