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Has anyone tried cognitive behaviour therapy?

(13 Posts)
tasha24x Fri 10-Jul-15 11:35:12

Just want to know your experience. I am due to start on Monday? X

KatieKatie1980 Fri 10-Jul-15 12:01:03

I did, for panic disorder in my early 20's. GP had me on anti anxiety meds to start but the side effects for me were terrible so I took myself off them.

I developed associated phobias and became afraid of being sick. I didn't want to eat.

CBT really helped turn my life around and I'm 11 years panic free. Might not work for everyone but for me it was a real success. x

granulatedhappiness Fri 10-Jul-15 13:49:03

I haven't tried it myself but my DH has just completed a course of CBT for depression and he's found it has really helped. He's also on ADs but says that the CBT has given him ways to cope with situations that he would've found very difficult previously. Good luck for Monday, hope it goes well for you.

Joysmum Fri 10-Jul-15 13:57:53

I am atm.

Be prepared to think that's it's ripping you apart before it helps.

It helps you to identify issues but doesn't give you the coping mechanisms immediately so you could feel more vulnerable and like everything you depended on for stability is being questioned.

I actually cancelled a session for this reason.

I remembered that my therapist said I could feel that way so I did go the following week. I'm so glad I did because the session that made me feel it was all falling apart was the turning point. Now I finally feeling like I'm moving forwards again and although I know it will continue to be hard it is paying off.

Athenaviolet Fri 10-Jul-15 14:09:38

It has it's place. But it depends on the issue.

It's about changing your thought processes but if that's not your issue other therapies may be more suitable. The NHS is way too focused on cbt imo.

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Fri 10-Jul-15 14:12:27

I agree with Athena. If CBT is the right therapy for the situation then it's fantastic - DH had great results very quickly. However it didn't 'stick' and I can see some of the issues creeping back (3 years or so later).

He saw it for general anxiety/catastrophizing and it did help him massively though.

UncertainSmile Fri 10-Jul-15 14:24:08

It helped a lot with anxiety; depression not very much.

whatisforteamum Fri 10-Jul-15 14:34:35

Ihad it for anxiety when i developed a fear of eating and vomiting and general panic attacks,It is great at challenging your thoughts and turning them around.How we think massively influences how we feel so by trapping the thought they rethinking it it can turn your life around,good luck with it all.

tasha24x Fri 10-Jul-15 16:24:50

Thanks so much guys! I am having it one to one with a councillor? Is this what you guys did? I can see there are options to do it online but I would rather face to face x

trappedinsuburbia Fri 10-Jul-15 16:31:50

I had it and it really helped, it was a good few years ago now, she diagnosed me with ptsd and nowadays I feel 'normal'.
It isn't an instant fix you have to put a little effort in and I didn't even like my therapist!! But the results are definitely worth it.

mayihaveaboxofchoculaits Fri 10-Jul-15 16:42:36

i agree it has its place, but i think its used indescriminatelyon the nhs atm. i had it a couple of years back and it wasnt appropriate,made me feel much worse . if you are the kind of person who already has logically looked at your problems then maybe dbt or psychotherapy might be better.

junebirthdaygirl Fri 10-Jul-15 18:21:13

I did it. As others said you can get worse before you get better. But then it clicks into place and l found it very helpful. I often left the session in bits but l think you have to decide to stick with it. I fall asleep straight away at night. Before my thoughts were racing and l felt so unhappy. My dh has bipolar and l couldn't accept it. Nothing has changed as in he still has it but my whole attitude has changed and lm very contented. This has affected my whole family.

fitnessforlife Fri 10-Jul-15 18:22:25

Katie i've pm'ed you.

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