Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is one of the most effective therapies for anxiety. It is very effective at helping people change negative thinking patterns and behaviours to solve their problems and engage in life.
CBT encourages patients to develop more positive thoughts about themselves, the environment around them and their future: in this case the outcome related to their illness. The goal is to help a person understand how their thoughts affect their emotions and behaviour and to replace those reactions with positive or constructive alternatives.
At Parkinson’s Care and Support UK, we actively promote CBT. We are currently working with trained Psychotherapists to develop a free CBT Helpline for people across the UK with Parkinson’s who are also suffering from anxiety and depression. With regular CBT, anxiety and depression can be cured and quality of life and wellbeing significantly improved. This in turn can improve other Parkinson’s symptoms.
CBT can take place via telephone or face to face. Telephone therapy works well for people with anxiety who may find it particularly difficult to discuss life matters in person. Sessions will usually start with the therapist asking questions to find out what environments and situations make you most anxious, how you are coping and how anxiety affects day to day life. They will typically use a scoring or charting method to work out your level of anxiety being mild, moderate or high and track this week by week. Therapists will work with you to establish the reasons behind the negative or anxious feelings and how they affect actions and behaviour. Between sessions you will also be given exercises and tasks to help you with changing your thought process and re-evaluating your situation in order to achieve a different outcome.
PCSUK’s New CBT Helpline
People often think that Parkinson’s only affects you physically. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Sadly, Parkinson’s Disease can have a big impact on one’s mental wellbeing and anxiety and depression are common non-motor symptoms of people living with Parkinson’s.
Living with anxiety and depression whilst facing Parkinson’s can worsen their overall health condition if left unchecked. Common fears and worries that go along with Parkinson’s Disease may trigger anxiety. One is a fear of being unable to function independently, particularly during a sudden off period (the time of day when medication is not working). This can lead to a fear of being left alone. Another is a concern about being embarrassed, often related to interacting with others in public.
We will be developing a new CBT Helpline to offer therapy across the UK to people with Parkinson’s who are living with anxiety or depression. This helpline will be extended to their family carer. £200,000 will fund the helpline for 1 year and include the employment of 3 CBT Therapists. Our aim of the Helpline is to reduce isolation, anxiety and depression amongst people with Parkinson’s, to reduce suicide rate amongst people with Parkinson’s and to improve quality of life.
Funding our CBT Helpline
Tomorrow is guaranteed for no man. Whilst there is no cure yet for Parkinson’s Disease, it is important that each person with Parkinson’s has the opportunity to live their best life to the fullest. Please donate to our CBT Helpline programme. It is funded by the public and we won’t be able to make this happen without you.
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Currently, we can refer you to independent therapists for CBT, should you wish to explore this. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org