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Whatís your experience with CBT? - May 14th 2014, 02:08 PM

What are your guyís view in CBT?

I just started CBT and right now I already feel like Iím being forced to do things Iím not comfortable with. I know my anxiety is something I have to work on but it its not helping the fact that some days my depression is so bad that I cant even get out of bet let alone walk down the road. Its like the woman doesnít listen to me properly.

Its so hard to explain how you feel to someone when you donít understand how you feel yourself. Its just making me feel uneasy and uncomfortable.

I know that my paranoia is caused by my depression and made worse by my antidepressants. I have good days where I do lots of things although its only simple things like I will clean the house top to bottom its like I cant physically sit still. Then thereís my depression which makes everything seem like hard work getting ups is so hard I feel tired all the time like I havenít slept all night even though I have all night and it gives me headache. Then thereís my feelings sometimes I just cant control them and they get out of hand. I mean I will get angry over silly things like dropping something or getting upset over silly things.

I try to explain that to her but its like she doesnít want to listen.

Whatís your experience with CBT?


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Re: Whatís your experience with CBT? - May 16th 2014, 01:12 PM

Hi,

i have not had much experience with CBT o hopefully someone that has can rely with a more precise and helpful response.
You should keep trying to be open with her though. It will be difficult but try being persistent that you need help and that you want help beyond CBT, other than CBT or be honest that you think your antidepressants could be contributing to how you feel. I know you have mentioned these things to her but if you repeatedly mention them, maybe she will take you more seriously because you would not be backing out of what you are explaining. I know it took me repeatedly mentioning my sleep issues to my counselor to get more precise information and advice.


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Re: Whatís your experience with CBT? - May 17th 2014, 10:25 AM

CBT can be really really challenging, and really really hard. You've got this sort of beliefs and structures in your brain that are ingrained, and often reinforced by the way you do things and look at the world and things that happen. CBT is all about recognising and challenging those thoughts. That's tough, because it goes against your beliefs.

It is not going to be comfortable. Sorry to say, but if it's comfortable and not challenging you then it's probably not doing anything useful. It will take time to see a change.

Having said that, there are other therapies that can help. Talk to your person and ask what else you can do?
   
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Re: Whatís your experience with CBT? - May 17th 2014, 06:08 PM

I'm actually a future professional and I love CBT. Having said that, I don't know if this is an issue of theory so much as that your professional isn't listening to you. Even professionals who use concrete "action-oriented" theories need to listen to their clients. You need to tell this person that you don't feel heard and see what she says. If it's an issue of personality conflict then you can work through it with her or you can find another professional to work with. A lot of times it can take awhile to find the right person. If it's an issue of the theory she might be able to adjust to work with you or you can find another theory or professional that suits you better. Therapy is supposed to be uncomfortable to some extent, but you have to be able to make progress and it won't matter what the therapy is if you aren't being listened to.


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