Counselling can help ease arthritis
Patients that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis can now learn how to deal with their condition by learning coping strategies through counselling therapies such as CBT.
Following on from previous research CBT is known to be very effective in dealing with emotional problems that have not been dealt with and have manifested on the physical plain with physical problems such as Rheumatoid arthritis.
Mainstream medicine supports CBT for helping patients deal with outdated belief systems and negative thought patterns, helping and supporting people through EMPATHY.
Some research has shown that CBT is effective in helping rheumatoid arthritis patients but little is known about which components of therapy are the most effective.
The 104 people who took part in the study all suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and were selected to receive one of several treatments. The study compared the efficacy of CBT with its separate components of cognitive therapy and behavioural therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
CBT Changing behaviours and beliefs
A new strategy for coping can lead to more lasting changes to basic attitudes and ways of behaving. The anxious client may learn to avoid avoiding things! He or she may also find that anxiety is not as dangerous as they assumed.
Someone who’s depressed may come to see themselves as an ordinary member of the human race, rather than inferior and fatally flawed. Even more basically, they may come to have a different attitude to their thoughts – that thoughts are just thoughts, and nothing more.
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The patients taking part were assessed at the start, post-treatment and six months later on, where disease activity, joint function, disability and psychological functioning were measured. The results suggested that cognitive therapy is an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and need not necessarily include behavioural strategies.
Clare Jacklin, of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, said the organisation “welcomes psychological intervention for people living with rheumatoid arthritis as recommended in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines”