There continues to be advancements in helping women with menopausal symptoms to cope better through this stage of life. Two recent studies found that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been proven to help treat menopause symptoms. Both studies, which were conducted by Professor Myra Hunter from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, and team, determined that CBT works as a safe substitute for the treatment: (HRT). CBT helps with the following psychological symptoms that may occur during menopause:
CBT improves coping skills and challenges the negative beliefs associated with this life change. Standard CBT techniques are used to identify and challenge negative automatic thoughts associated with the menopause and substitutes these with more accurate reality tested thoughts.
- Problems concentrating
- Problems sleeping
- Mood swings
CBT shows that by changing negative thought patterns and replacing these with balanced alternatives there is an elevation of mood, increased motivation, and the ability to manage change more effectively. In some clients the menopause activates early life issues that have not been previously resolved such as:
1. poor self worth
2. distorted body image
3. fear of death
4. fear of rejection
5. fear of failure.
At CBT Dublin we help to guide you through the process with advanced empathy, support, and a range of CBT techniques to improve your own resources, which can greatly help at this time of life. For more information on CBT or to book an appointment go to www.cbt-dublin.com.