My cbt success story

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bigbear
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   Posted 2/11/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I was in a group and we used the book by sam Obitz which is where I learned how to use the TEA forms and train my brain to think less emotionally and more realistically. I do my TEA's almost everyday to keep my inaccurate thoughts from taking hold and causing me stress and anxiety. In our group once we got good at using the TEA's we added some exposure therapy to build our confidence in our new ways of thinking and dealing which was great. I no longer have to take meds and am pretty much in maintenance mode now. I had tried just about every option my docs put in front of me prior to finding success with cbt and by then I had lost all hope so never give up!
Thanks for the suggestion Kitt :)

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   Posted 2/11/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bigbear,

I am really happy for you. I am reading about cbt. A book called the New Mood Therapy. By Dr. David Burns. I enjoy it so far. It really helps with our way of thinking. I think even with medications it helps me. Just another anchor I guess. I read this book about 20 years ago. I thought the first edition was easier to read, though I can still understand this. Small print though.

I wish you the best.

Hugs,

Karen
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bigbear
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   Posted 2/13/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen and that is a really good book. We used that one after we used the one by Obitz in my group and it is full of information but a little tough to get through. The only reason I don't recommend that one instead of the one by Obitz is because it can be a bit daunting for someone who is anxious or depressed and the Obitz book is much more basic and inspirational. FYI- I was on meds while I was learning CBT and I think that was helpful for me to combine them as it made it easier for me to be focussed on the CBT exercises. Best wishes to you and I hope CBT can help you as much as it has helped me yeah

bigbear
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   Posted 5/28/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Getting by, I hope cbt continues to help you and your life is going well. I am doing great but been so hectic I have not had a chance to post in ages and just wanted to say "hi' to all my friends here :-)

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   Posted 5/28/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bigbear,

Yes the cbt is still helping me. I have found it becomes a lifestyle. You wouldn't want to explain the TEA's would you? If you have a chance sometime, I would really appreciate it. I have a book on CBT by Dr.David Burns, called New mood therapy. I had this book back in the 80's. I now have a revised edition. I don't like it as well as the other book. The older one was much easier to read.

Hugs, Karen......
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bigbear
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   Posted 5/29/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen, I'm happy to hear you are still doing well with the CBT. It truly is a lifestyle change and one I am so thankful I have stuck with. I do my TEA forms daily and they are becoming more and more ingrained in my way of thinking. The Burns book has exercises similar to the TEA form but he calls them something different. You write down your anxiety causing thought (the T part) then you identify the thinking errors in that thought (the E part) and then you analyze and replace the thought with a more objective or realistic thought (the A part). I hope this makes sense. I like Burns but I think coming from a medical side versus actual experience side of anxiety and depression he gets a bit wordy and technichal as opposed to Obitz who went through this muck for  amny years and tells it like it is a simplified version of what Burns lays out. I think they both have their place in CBT yeah Take care and I'll try and post more often but time is always so short these days sad

getting by
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   Posted 5/29/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bear,

I can see what you are saying. Thank you. It is similar.

Glad that you are doing well and that you are busy.

hugs, Karen
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bigbear
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   Posted 6/27/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
You're welcome and thank you. Sorry so late getting back to you and I hope this finds you well? :)

CBTgirl
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   Posted 7/22/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Great post bigbear! CBT is awesome and I use the TEA form exercise everyday to make sure my anxieties are under control. The book you mentioned by Obitz was what got me going on CBT and taught me the TEA form exercise so I share your enthusiasm for it as well. Keep up the good work yeah

stkitt
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   Posted 7/22/2008 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   

I agree, CBT works great................if you have not heard of it just ask these 2 members as they are experts on the topic.

Kitt


 

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CBTgirl
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   Posted 1/21/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt and happy new year to you :-)
Sorry I have not been around but life is going good and I got a little selfish. I figure now that it's a new year it would be good to check in and remind people of the power of using CBT and countering your thoughts in TEA forms etc etc.

I hope you are doing good!

stkitt
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   Posted 1/21/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   

CBT Girl..............so good to hear from you.  I am doing good too. I got a casual job and I am getting out and mingling in the real  time world..........

I am a substitue school nurse here in town.

I love it when you come and remind us how great CBT is.  I continue to support CBT and I know many members are using the program.

I am glad you are being a little selfish.............you are the number one person in your life that has the power to keep yourself in a good place. Kudos to you.

Bless you

Kitt


 

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enWayen
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   Posted 1/22/2009 1:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Heeja everyone!

Thanks for this wonderful and positive topic!
Acceptance is the key

The World is but a reflection. Smile, and it will smile back.

Try to keep smiling! :)


bigbear
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   Posted 2/9/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
stkitt said...
CBT Girl..............so good to hear from you. I am doing good too. I got a casual job and I am getting out and mingling in the real time world..........

I am a substitue school nurse here in town.

I love it when you come and remind us how great CBT is. I continue to support CBT and I know many members are using the program.

I am glad you are being a little selfish.............you are the number one person in your life that has the power to keep yourself in a good place. Kudos to you.

Bless you

Kitt


Kitt I literally just posted a note to wondering how you are doing. I am so happy to see this post and congratulations on getting the substitute school nurse job. What grades do you deal with?

I'm so glad some of these great cbt posts are still active too because it shows how much cbt can help you help yourself if you are willing to do the tea forms and other thought exercises yeah

Take care and I am sorry I have not been around more to try and encourage others.

CBTgirl
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   Posted 3/7/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt, Thanks for that positive, encouraging and most of all sweet post smilewinkgrin
That sounds like a great job. What grade are the kids in the school you are helping with?
I'm still being selfish and indulging myself but am gonna try and pop in more often on here to help others in any way I can.

TTFN tongue

CBTgirl
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   Posted 3/7/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
enWayen said...
Heeja everyone!

Thanks for this wonderful and positive topic!


Nice to meet you :-)

Ps. Hi big bear and good to see you posting again!

stkitt
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   Posted 3/8/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   

OK, call the police, I am going to hijack this thread and post  a link in the A & P Forum as the members there would benefit from any and all info on CBT.

Thanks my dear friends.  I think you are all the best. 

I wish you Peace,
Kitt


 

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Hibee
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   Posted 3/8/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bigbear

Its great to read good reports about CBT as I am due to start some at the start of April and really hope it works for me as I have not had much joy with medication but have done CAT and found that really useful.

Thanks for posting this topic bigbear

CBTgirl
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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
stkitt said...
OK, call the police, I am going to hijack this thread and post a link in the A & P Forum as the members there would benefit from any and all info on CBT.

Thanks my dear friends. I think you are all the best.

I wish you Peace,
Kitt


LOL smilewinkgrin

CBTgirl
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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi unhappy32. I think you will like CBT and maybe you will have to change your name to just happy32 once you the the hang of CBT tongue
Let me know how it goes for you in April and feel free to post any questions. We're all here to help yeah

stkitt
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   Posted 3/25/2009 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

I am working the online version myself right now and I am taking it slow so the information has time to sink in.

If anyone has not tried it, please do consider CBT therapy.

Kitt


 

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CBTgirl
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   Posted 4/3/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
stkitt said...


I am working the online version myself right now and I am taking it slow so the information has time to sink in.

If anyone has not tried it, please do consider CBT therapy.

Kitt


I wholeheartedly second this advice yeah

CBTgirl
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   Posted 4/14/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Got a reply notification but no new replies? Still good to bump any CBT posts yeah

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 4/15/2009 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   

fantastic that cbt has worked 4 u. not 4 me though i tried hard, cct anyday.

cheers jamie scool scool scool


CBTgirl
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   Posted 5/15/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jamie, but sorry you didn't have similar results confused
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