In neurological practice, we take pride in accurate diagnosis and using neuroscience to develop novel disease-modifying therapies, but we sometimes neglect symptom management and the treatment of distress. Most patients with neurological disorders report that their mental health needs are not being met. Of the many forms of psychological therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the most likely to be available to our patients. This article sets out to answer the following questions: (1) What is CBT? (2) What will patients experience if they have CBT? (3) Is CBT effective for people with neurological disorders? (4) Who is most suitable for CBT? (5) How and where can a neurologist refer their patients for CBT? (6) Can we as neurologists use aspects of the CBT model in our own consultations?
- PARKINSON-S DISEASE
- MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
- CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
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Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests TC is the author of self-help books on chronic fatigue for which she has received royalties; has received ad hoc payments for workshops carried out in long-term conditions; has received travel expenses and accommodation costs of attending conferences; is in receipt of grants from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, NIHR and UKRI.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned. Externally peer reviewed by Laura McWhirter, Edinburgh, UK.