For treatment of depressions, anxiety disorders and the obsessive-compulsive condition (OCD – obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions), cognitive behavior therapy is regarded as an evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment method. Today it is scientifically well documented that cognitive behavior therapy supplemented by medication (SSRI compounds) is the most effective form of treatment for these disorders.
Cognitive behavior therapy is characterized by a treatment focused on the person’s immediate problems and coping strategies for these problems. The primary focus in this type of treatment is on cognitive (intellectual) aberrations, automatically negative thoughts and problem-creating rules of conduct plus undesirable behavior that perpetuates the symptoms. This enables a focused work with the psychological factors that apply to the way in which certain situations are interpreted.