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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorder

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Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated: November 30, 2019

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Anxiety disorder and its symptoms is caused by specific underlying factors: the unhealthy behaviors (thoughts and actions), situations, and circumstances that motivate anxious behavior.

To overcome anxiety disorder, we need to identify and successfully address those factors. When these factors are identified and successfully addressed, issues with anxiety disorder and its symptoms disappear.

When the cause of the problem is successfully addressed, the problem and its symptoms disappear.

Since Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a form of “talk therapy,” can identify and successfully address the underlying factors that cause anxiety disorder, it is an effective treatment. In fact, research released in 2011 confirmed that CBT was the “Gold Standard” for anxiety disorder treatment.[1][2]

The study entitled, “Cognitive behavioral therapy in anxiety disorders: current state of the evidence” concluded that CBT was both efficacious and effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

“CBT can be recommended as a gold standard in the psychotherapeutic treatment of patients with anxiety disorders.” – Christian Otte, MD

The study defined Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as:

An amalgam of behavioral and cognitive interventions guided by principles of applied science. The behavioral interventions aim to decrease maladaptive behaviors and increase adaptive ones by modifying their antecedents and consequences and by behavioral practices that result in new learning. The cognitive interventions aim to modify maladaptive cognitions, self-statements or beliefs. The hallmark features of CBT are problem-focused intervention strategies that are derived from learning theory [as well as] cognitive theory principles.

In simple terms, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps the individual identify the key underlying factors that produce issues with anxiety. Addressing these underlying factors eliminates them. As a result, a struggle with anxiety is eliminated, as well.

For example, worry is a common behavior associated with problematic anxiety. A Cognitive Behavioral Therapist can help a person recognize her worrisome behavior and then help her adopt behaviors that minimize and eliminate worry.

This is all done through conversation, direction, support, and on going reassurance. As the person makes healthy change, her anxious behaviors become less and less. Consequently, her anxiety becomes less and less until it is no longer an issue at all.

To assist in this process, anxietycentre.com has developed a proprietary diagnostic process that quickly identifies the behaviors and factors at the root of a person’s struggle with anxiety. Once identified, our recommended therapists help their clients work through each factor until they are all addressed. As success unfolds, anxiety disorder dissolves.

All of us at anxietycentre.com struggled with anxiety disorder and gained victory over it using talk therapy. Talk therapy is the most effective way to overcome anxiety disorder.

If you’ve been struggling with anxiety disorder, you can eliminate it for good. The combination of good self help information, such as what we provide in the Recovery Support area of our website, and therapy with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way of achieving freedom over problematic anxiety.

When we do the right work, we get the desired results. All of us can gain lasting success. Therefore, there is nothing standing in your way to freedom from anxiety disorder.

For more information about anxietycentre.com’s therapy approach, see our “Anxiety Therapy Coaching Counselling” article.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also the most effective way to eliminate anxiety attacks and anxiety attack symptoms. It provides the most complete help of any available.

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The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

Additional Resources:

Return to Anxiety Disorders Signs and Symptoms section.

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and professional therapy for anxiety disorder and its symptoms, including information about cognitive behavioral therapy.


1. Otte, Christian. "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Anxiety Disorders: Current State of the Evidence." Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. Les Laboratoires Servier, Dec. 2011. Web. 06 July 2016.

2. "Treating Anxiety with CBT: The Evidence." AIPC Article Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 July 2016.