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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Post-COVID-19 Fatigue and Poor Concentration
Individuals experiencing fatigue and poor concentration post-COVID-19 infection may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as discussed in a recent article in Time News titled, “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Found Effective in Reducing Fatigue for COVID-19 Survivors, Study Shows.”
Time News discusses research conducted by Kuut and colleagues (2023) in which 114 participants experiencing severe fatigue following COVID-19 infection were assigned to either receive care as usual (i.e., general practitioner) or CBT. This study found that CBT significantly reduced symptoms of fatigue post-COVID-19.
CBT can help individuals develop better sleep and wake routines, better sleep hygiene, and relaxation techniques, helping people to feel better rested throughout the day and maximize their time awake. CBT may also help individuals achieve improved attention by teaching strategies to stay on task, reduce distractions, and prioritize goals and values.
If you or a loved one is experiencing fatigue or poor concentration, you can use ABCT’s find a therapist feature to find a CBT clinician: https://services.abct.org/find-a-therapist/.
Arielle Snow, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Hofstra University
Editor: Nicholas Crimarco, Ph.D. Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders – Westchester
Kuut TA, Müller F, Csorba I, Braamse A, Aldenkamp A, Appelman B, Assmann-Schuilwerve E, Geerlings SE, Gibney KB, Kanaan RAA, Mooij-Kalverda K, Olde Hartman TC, Pauëlsen D, Prins M, Slieker K, van Vugt M, Keijmel SP, Nieuwkerk P, Rovers CP, Knoop H. Efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy targeting severe fatigue following COVID-19: results of a randomized controlled trial. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 May 8:ciad257. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciad257. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37155736.