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Learning Resilience
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   Posted 2/8/2009 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
The light bulb has recently come on for me regarding finding positive ways to manage depression and anxiety. I am recently feeling well enough to glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel. I am looking for a good CBT workbook or program. Any suggestions? I have heard of the midwest center program for anxiety and depression. There don't seem to be any group CBT sessions running where I live, a small town in Canada.

First a little history: Last year I barely managed day to day functioning, was off work for some months and now have incrementally worked back up to full time hours. I got through moderate/severe depression & anxiety assisted by the support of family & caring friends. I knew I did not feel well but lacked the insight and judgement to get the help I needed. I thought if I just got enough sleep, exercised, ate well, tried to be positive etc. I would not get really really sick. A friend working in mental health recognized how ill I was and urged me to seek help for myself. Medications have helped a lot, but I need additional coping skills to deal with some of the negative patterns of thinking I am becoming aware of etc.

I have profound respect for others who are dealing with these illnesses. I look forward to hearing from anyone with any ideas for CBT or other helpful materials.

Tess

getting by
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   Posted 2/9/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tess,

Welcome to HealingWell depression forum.  I know that you will be glad that you came here.  I really feel that all your exercise and proper eating did help you.  You probably would of been worse off without doing these constructive things.  The sleeping is important too.

There is a free online program that helps with depression.  It is called moodgym.

http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

So check this out and see if it will help you.  I am glad that you came here for help.  We will support you the best that we can.

Hugs, Karen


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stkitt
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   Posted 2/9/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and Welcome to HealingWell and the Depression forum.  Karen has provided you with the free online CBT link.  Please do take a look and give it a try. 
 
I would certainly give myself credit if I were you for all you have accomplished so far and remember you are a work in progress.
 
Stick with us as you will find we are caring and supportive.  We also love new members.
 
Again a warm welcome.
Kitt
 

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bigbear
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   Posted 2/9/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
We used a really simple and easy to identify with book by Sam Obitz in my CBT group Called Been There, Done That? Do This! It focused on countering your thoughts in a TEA form which helps eliminate the causes of most of our anxiety.. I still do my TEA's almost everyday to keep my inaccurate thoughts from causing me stress and anxiety. CBT is really good if you are willing to put some effort into helping yourself get better and from the sound of your note it appears that you are already there :-)

Learning Resilience
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   Posted 2/9/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your warm welcomes. Have had several good days in a row. My energy is low as I have recently had some other medical problems which have seemed, to me, to be more difficult to manage on top of dealing with depression and anxiety.

I am married, 48 years old, and my husband and I are empty nesters. We have 2 kids attending university. They live in the city, about 100 miles away. We like living in a small community. You know it is a small town if we are annoyed if we have to stop at a red light, one of a total of two traffic lights in our town!

Thank you for your suggestions, I will look at those suggested resources. I am not all that computer savvy but learning.

getting by
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   Posted 2/9/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
You will learn. I am not that computer savvy either. I just learned today how to post my picture. I am so proud of myself.lol...

It is great getting to know you. You sound like you are doing better, I am happy for that.

Hugs, Karen
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bigbear
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   Posted 2/12/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
At least you don't have to be computer savvy to get over anxiety blush

bigbear
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   Posted 2/6/2010 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Bump :)

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 2/7/2010 1:51 AM (GMT -7)   
hi Learning resilence, jamie here,
 
not a fan of CBT myself, however i know it works well for others. i wish you well with your journey. you are starting the self-actualising process, thus taking care of the core stuff, so good for you. know that we are here for support. with compassion,
jamie
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


bigbear
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   Posted 2/11/2010 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Jaimee,
Regardless of what you are using for your anxiety I hope you are having success dealing with your anxiety as well tongue

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 2/12/2010 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
thx BB. AND I AM!!! take care. with compassion, jamiesmilewinkgrin
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


bigbear
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   Posted 10/25/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
jamiee said...
thx BB. AND I AM!!! take care. with compassion, jamie smilewinkgrin


Great to hear! Wish I had more time to post but you are always in my thoughts yeah

bonitagirlyy
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   Posted 10/25/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey. My name is Anna. Ive had a rly hard time with depression, anxiety, OCD, etc. Does anyone know anything tht I can do to help??

Trying to Understand
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   Posted 10/26/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on putting your "all" into getting better. There is a lot to do regarding lifestyle, seems a bit self-sacrificing, but then you may just find out you ARE sensitive to caffeine, sugar, alcohol. Since you are out in the boonies, hope you can go for walks in the sun/fresh air a couple times a day for a breather. Bundle up and wear your sunglasses.

Some have said DBT is excellent. I have a book The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, Sheri Van Dijk MSW - got a used like new copy from Amazon. Could be what you are looking for, if not great 30 day return policy, no questions.

Some like CBT, some hate it. I didn't like it when I went, my counselor would ask pointed questions, or make candid observations, such "do you always attribute such low motive to people around you? I got mad and quit after a few sessions. Now, in retrospect, she was absolutely right. My reaction was, NO, you don't understand, you don't KNOW these people, quite indignant (and spited myself) Should have hung in there with her. She was good.

Haven't heard of TEAs, sounds like something she is able to incorporate in her daily go, and is still effective for her in new situations. "Been there, done that, do this..." Intriguing title.

Recently heard of a new, to me, therapy called CDOI, cliented directed xx outcome, and a book "Whats Right with You". Another suggestion. Has a positive ring to it, I think.
Regarding books, I always check Amazon to see what the date of pub is, prefer older books, read the reviews, put it on my wishlist so I can consider it at another time since I am so impulsive. Saw something yesterday that you can Google, discount codes for Amazon and Barnes and Noble, would probably save a little more $. I always seem to hit books that are free 2 day shipping anyway. Very reliable, and come in a great cardboard container that makes the "return" if necessary very simnple. I figure that $3 return shiping is a deal if it pre;vents me from paying $ lots more to have a book I am not thrilled with. After all, Amazon has no store front to maintain, where I would have eliminated from the get go. But, really have had great luck with the books.
Also recommend, since you are currently motivated and read, some websites that offer free email newsletters, and are usually good food for thought. Please see the thread entitled ""The physical", something like that, by Skythia. I put some on there last night just to show folks. There are loads of articles, etc. to click over to, kind of addicting, but what else better to be hooked on, self-help.
Good luck to you !
Sandy
BP II
Severe depression

Respect baby steps. Most work gets done an inch at a time.

bigbear
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   Posted 2/7/2011 1:24 AM (GMT -7)   
bonitagirlyy said...
Hey. My name is Anna. Ive had a rly hard time with depression, anxiety, OCD, etc. Does anyone know anything tht I can do to help??


I would definitely give CBT a try yeah

bigbear
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   Posted 2/7/2011 1:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Trying to understand,
I love your sign off about baby steps, that is so true!

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 2/7/2011 2:11 AM (GMT -7)   
so bb lr, anna and tryingtounderstand, how are we all doing. good to see you posting bb. how are ya doin'? take care and keep well. with compassion, jamie.

SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

It's Genetic
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   Posted 2/7/2011 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Talk about living in a small town, Learning Resistance,

we lived in one so small that you didn't need turn signals on your car
bacause everybody behind you already knew which way you were going to turn!

Your problems are really solvable; everyone is giving you good advice.
Keep up your good work already accomplished.

Best wishes,

It's Genetic
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