CBT helps you recognize and understand what your feelings mean.
Dr David Purves describes problems arising from having difficulty in recognizing and describing emotions. This is a problem that is seen quite often in psychotherapy and CBT therapy, but is not always recognized as a problem by the client. It commonly manifests itself as unpleasant but hard to explain medical problems. Alexithymia is commonly correlated with irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraine, headache, cardiac heart disease and depression.
Stress and its role in physical problems
When you feel stress, tension and emotional turmoil but interpret it simply as physical health problems you rob yourself of any mechanism for dealing with it. This forces you to seek medical solutions and the medical profession to treat a psychological problem with a medical solution and this is not always very successful. Dr David Purves creates Active Self Help films that empower you to change your life for the better. Dr Purves provides CBT in his Reading clinic for the region.