Cognitive Behavioural Therapy being used to ease menopause symptoms
COGNITIVE Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is another approach that's being used to ease menopause symptoms. "No, this doesn't mean they are all in your mind," assures Warrington-based Emma Persand, a nurse and CBT specialist.
CBT is a way of helping people tackle problems by changing the way they think about them.
It's free of any side-effects, suitable for everyone and is recommended by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as an alternative menopause treatment.
CBT can have a biological and physical effect by changing our thought process.
Our brains tend to catastrophise situations. A woman experiencing a hot flush in public may initially panic, then feel self-conscious and then, convinced everyone is looking at her, ashamed – when, actually, most of the time no-one notices.
CBT techniques, which aim to reprogramme your response to menopausal symptoms, can be taught in one-to-one or Skype sessions, and many women notice an improvement within four weeks.
A study conducted by Professor Myra Hunter, from the Institute of Psychiatry, and Dr Melanie Smith, a clinical psychologist, on behalf of the British Menopause Society produced startling results.
Menopausal women who practised CBT reported a reduction in symptoms, improved mood and sleep, and better social functioning.
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