By Dr. Lisa Jones- Contributor
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help terminally ill patients to prevent or manage psychosocial suffering at the end-of-life and help establish a sense of purpose and meaning.
It can also help with the anticipatory grief related to leaving behind family and losses that come with having a terminal diagnosis.
Coping techniques can be evaluated and attempted. “The idea behind Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is that an outcome of behavior (positive or negative) can be created by a chosen reinforcement behavior.”
CBT can be used to correct bad behavior, increase positive behaviors, or to view a problem in a different light.
“It may be beneficial for patients who are focusing more on negative thoughts and feelings about themselves or others”.
There is considerable research showing that CBT is effective for treating grief, anxiety, and depression in patients with advancing diseases.
- Michael P Nichols, Family therapy: Concepts and Methods (Boston, MA: Pearson education, Inc, 2010), 52.
- Nancy R. Hooyman and Betty J. Kramer, Living through loss; interventions across the life span (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006), 34.