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Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff

Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff

Dr. K: Cognitive restructuring for stress

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Q In your column you’ve mentioned something called cognitive restructuring. Can you explain this in more detail?

A Cognitive restructuring is one part of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of “talk therapy” that attempts to correct ingrained patterns of negative thoughts and behaviors. CBT is the leading therapy for anxiety. It is also used to treat stress, depression, eating disorders and many other problems.

Cognitive restructuring can help you change the way you think. That, in turn, can help change the way you feel. To better understand how it works, try to remember your thoughts the last time you were late for work. Perhaps your first thought was simply “The train is late.” But then that quickly transformed into “I’ll be late to work. I won’t make it to my meeting on time. My job is in jeopardy.”

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