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Thought stopping is common in cognitive behavioural therapy.
In this technique, when the obsessive or racing thoughts begin, the client says, clearly and distinctly, "Stop!" This then allows the client to substitute a new, healthier thought.
While some therapists and group therapy programs promote thought stopping as an effective technique, the results of a 2010 review of research by a group of Yale psychologists disagree.
The psychologists found an association between anxiety reduction and other strategies including, cognitive restructuring, acceptance, and problem-solving techniques.
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Stress inoculation training (SIT), along with cognitive behavior therapy, can be successful at preventing the development of chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Thought stopping is one of a variety of coping skills taught during SIT.
Other coping skills include:
This technique will not work for everyone! I think it is important you keep in mind what thoughts you try to stop and push away.
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