1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of treatments used by mental health doctors to treat a wide array of illnesses such as anxiety or depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to treat patients that are experiencing a faulty cognition. This means that the patient has a belief that they have a genetic disposition to depression, which in turn leads them to have a cognitive triad. A cognitive triad means that people with depression will have negative thoughts, attitudes and/or feelings towards the self, the world, and the future.
• The Self
When one has negative thoughts towards the self, they feel inferior compared to others and feel that they are not good enough. This causes them to isolate themselves, and in extreme cases hurt themselves because they hate the image that they see. Patients with this problem will often crave to be like other people because they see in them qualities that they do not see in themselves.
• The World
The patient feels that they are invisible in the world. They constantly feel left out, ignored, unloved and/or unwanted by the world around them. They feel like they do not belong, or that they do not have a place in the world. They isolate themselves from people because they believe that no one would understand what they are going through. They are quick to blame the world for their problems and do not see any positivity that radiates from life.
• The Future
When it comes to the future, people with faulty cognitions feel hopeless and believe that instead of getting better, things will only get worse for them. They feel powerless and believe that they cannot change things to work in their favor. They do not believe that they deserve to be happy and live healthy lives. They do not hope for the future because it is unwelcoming in their eyes.
In the video, Dr. Robert D. McMullen, who uses TMS, explains how the doctors can use Cognitive Behavior Therapy to treat patients exhibiting the symptoms mentioned above.
At TMS Brain Care, we have a specialized set of skilled professional to help you overcome these feelings. We are located in Manhattan, New York, USA and also at Mt. Krisco, NY, USA. Call 212 362-9635 to get more information on the services we offer.
What are some Examples of Faulty Cognitive Behavior?
• Selective Abstraction
The patient will draw conclusions on the basis of one or a few elements in a situation. These elements are more often than not, negative. Example: Not doing very well in a few courses in school leads the patient to believe that they are a bad student. This is despite the fact that they are doing very well in a majority of other courses. They will, therefore, concentrate all their focus on the courses that they are failing and will not approve that despite their condition, they are doing well at other courses. This will lead to them feeling inadequate or not bright enough to be in school.
• Minimization or Overgeneralization
The patient will downplay positive things that are happening to them and choose to focus on the negative part of the situation. Example: A patient will do something good and a few people will want to spend time because of this. Instead of focusing on the fact that people want to spend time with them, they choose to focus on the people they think do not want to spend time with them. They place a greater importance on the people that did not recognize their work and less importance on the people that actually appreciated it.
In overgeneralization, the patient will choose to pick different negative events in an incident and focus on them together. They will then go ahead and generalize the whole event in a negative light based on this generalization. They will center their focus solely on the issues that did not go right and pay no mind to the ones that did. This will lead to them being easily frustrated and reluctant to participate in social settings because they feel like nothing will go right.
A Cognitive Behaviour Therapist will help depression patients to get over their faulty cognitions by arguing with themselves about the negative cognitions that they are experiencing. The therapist may choose to give the depressed patients assignments to do at home, according to Dr. Robert D. McMullen. How this works is simple; any time that the patient will start experiencing these negative thoughts and feelings about themselves, then they should try and look at the other side of things. More categorically, they should focus on the positive side of things.
Example: If a patient feels that they are not good enough for their job, and they want to quit or retire, then they should ask themselves if there is any evidence of their inadequacy. If so, is there any contradictory evidence? Doing simple tasks like these will help the patient to start thinking more positively.
Also according to the doctor, patients can stop the negative thoughts right from the onset. When a patient begins experiencing these negative thoughts, then they can stop and force themselves to start thinking about other things. Example: If a patient begins developing thoughts of worthlessness in their workplace, then they can turn their focus on other things such as baseball game, or they can start watching a TV show. This is aimed at shifting their focus from the negative to something more pleasant.He insists that if patients keep up this trend, then they will be able to easily adjust from negative thoughts to positive ones. This will in turn improve their mental health and they will be able to go on with their day to day lives.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapists, in the words of Dr. Robert D. McMullen, is a worthwhile treatment that does not require a long term commitment. It is effective and takes a shorter while. If any of these symptoms are recurrent to you, then we at TMC Brain Care, welcome you to our Manhattan or Mt. Krisco offices in New York, USA offices. Call (212) 362-9635 for any inquiries or for more information.
2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Depression
In EMDR, when a patient has a flashback or negative thoughts, then using EMDR, they neutralize the thoughts. Dr. Robert D. McMullen a psychiatrist at TMC Brain Care, NY, explains that this method has been very effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder and also in psychotherapy
He states that although he does not have a lot of knowledge in the area, EMDR is effective and it works because of the desensitization. The desensitization adds a little something extra on top of regular method of talking to a therapist.
It is very worthwhile to find a psychotherapy that helps the patients and assists them to overcome their depression, and we could be just what you need.
At TMC Brain Care, New York City, we give each patient the attention they require and need from us so that they can improve and get better. We have assisted over 50 percent of patients to fully recover from depression and we can help you too. Call 212 362-9635 and book an appointment.
At TMS, we understand the difficulty that tags along with depression, and that is why we are committed to ensuring that we walk with you on this journey as comfortable as possible. Our offices are located in Manhattan and Mt. Kisco, New York City, USA.
Watch the video from Dr. Robert D. McMullen on CBT and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Depression Psychotherapy Therapy.