Levels of anxiety appear on the rise today with many (often varied) options for recovery available. One recent study to catch my attention examined the role of hope.
223 adults received cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for one of four common anxiety disorders: social disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The results indicated that hope gradually increased during the course of CBT.
Further, the magnitude of changes in hope were consistent across different CBT protocols and across the four anxiety disorders examined.
This underscores the relevance of instilling hope in people. Hope was seen as a common element and a strong predictor of recovery. In practical terms, hope represents the capacity to identify strategies or pathways to achieve goals and the motivation to effectively pursue those pathways.
“Hope is closely related to other positive psychology constructs, such as self-efficacy and optimism,
that have also been shown to have clear relevance to promoting resilience to and recovery from emotional disorders.” – Matthew Gallagher
To Sum Up:
Hope is a key factor that can predict resilience and recovery from anxiety disorders.
Hope increases in therapy and is an important mechanism for therapists to restore in patients to help move them forward toward recovery.