Over the years, some practitioners and medical researches has actually been embracing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a treatment that works mostly for adults diagnosed with mental illnesses.
What these people don’t know is – cognitive behavioral therapy with children and adolescents is more workable.
In fact, according to some recent studies, there’s a growing body of evidence demonstrating CBT for children and some adolescents with some mental illnesses having better results compared when CBT is applied to older men and women.
How Effective Is CBT With Children and Adolescents?
Cognitive behavioral therapy when applied to children and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, and symptoms related to trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders actually brings forth positive and very sound results.
Likewise, because of this, various individuals of all kinds have became interested and have done some significant works on CBT being a treatment for all ages, young and old.
Some of the people who have indeed given their time and effort were Mark Reinecke and his colleagues at Northwestern University in the Clinical Psychology program in Chicago and Paula Barrett and her colleagues in their Friends Program that tackled about treatment of youth and child anxiety.
Such CBT program has actually made a name in the World Health Organization, being the best practice for the treatment of anxiety in children.
CBT With Other Methods and Medications
CBT alone has actually been used with children and adolescents to treat a variety of conditions. However, studies shows that when CBT is combined with other methods and medication, it actually becomes more effective.
Just like for an instance when you combine CBT with the Biofeedback method, the entire CBT process becomes more effective on the patient (according to Dr.Yigal Gliksman, editor of the cite-book Biofeedback You Are In Control).
CBT and the Various Mental Illnesses
For sure, you already know by now that CBT is used as a treatment for mental illnesses. Most probably, the ones you might be thinking are the obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and the like, which in a way really possible.
But do you know that CBT can also be used to treat some more complexed mental health disorders? Just like for an instance CBT for Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), chronic maltreatment, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In case of C-PTSD, CBT is not the only treatment, it basically goes along with some other components or medication to be really effective.