CBT for habit disorders
What is a habit disorder and CBT Therapy?
Habit disorders can be classified as things you repeatedly do but without a clear motivation or reason for doing so. Habit disorders can range from hair pulling (trichotillomania) and lip biting, to gambling and pathological stealing (kleptomania).
Are you struggling with a habit disorder?
It’s time to get help when:
- You can’t stop yourself from carrying out your habit
- Your habit is leading to undesirable results (ranging from hair pulling damaging hair follicles, to gambling getting you into financial difficulty)
- Your habit is disruptive to your work, social life, financial stability or appearance
CBT Therapy and habit disorders
CBT Therapy aims to help you be able to identify patterns in your behaviour. For example, through CBT Therapy you may learn that your habit increases when you’re under stress or when you’re feeling low in mood. CBT Therapy can also help you cope with feelings that are difficult to manage, which could be the cause of your habit. With your therapist, you will gain an insight into your behaviour and then discuss ways to intervene. Treatment will involve changing external cues and habit reversal.