Can a short behavioural boot camp really grind anxiety to dust?

By Elizabeth Svoboda, October 2021

For anxiety-related disorders, ultra-short-term therapy is often a better option than prolonged treatment that allows destructive behaviours to solidify. ‘A short blast of intensive CBT may be helpful to get the ball rolling,’ says Alex Dimitriu, a psychiatrist in California who cautions that more sessions might eventually be needed to tune up the results. Intensive CBT can also be well-suited to client groups with specific care needs. Researchers at King’s College London are currently trialling an intensive CBT protocol for pregnant women with anxiety, who might be unable to take prescribed medication despite their acute symptoms.

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