Can Stress Diminish the Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Many of have seen firsthand that stress can impair our ability to control our emotions, but to this point, there has been little evidence to support this belief. A recent study entitled “Cognitive emotion regulation fails the stress test” suggested that even low levels of stress can interfere with certain techniques used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to moderate our emotions. If these research findings are correct, the implications may be far reaching since CBT is one of the most commonly used approaches to therapy.

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