Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in anxiety disorders

Sofi Marom*, Haggai Hermesh

*Corresponding author for this work

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This review examines CBT as a leading evidence-based psychotherapy. It describes briefly the major components of CBT: exposure, reduction of safety behaviors, attention focus modification and cognitive restructuring. Specific CBT strategies suited for the main anxiety disorders are reported (specific phobias, panic disorder and agoraphobia, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder). The review emphasizes the efficiency of the use of CBT as a psychotherapeutic method in anxiety disorders. Finally, it points to the lack of the use of CBT in Israel and recommends its wide use in the mental health service here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-144
Number of pages10
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003


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