I did a different form of therapy but I know many people here swear by CBT.
Hopefully one will post and talk with you about CBT and what it is your stuck on. I am sorry you are stuck but very happy to see you reaching out to the members of the Depression Forum.
I did a search and here are some of the posts about CBT, perhaps one of them will give you some insight.
You are a wonderful person and you will make it..............please never give up. We are here for you, and you are supported and cared for here. Accept the hugs and prayers being sent your way.
Hi again Angel,
So glad you posted--this is actually one the main exercises I was thinking of when I was writing to you yesterday. In my group we called them Mood Logs, and they are SO hard.
I just want to point out what these thought diaries or mood logs are helpful for. That way, it has purpose for you. Your therapist has probably already explained...But the times that this is most helpful, is when there is something upsetting going on in your life. We all know stressors are a huge triggor to our symptoms, so it is important to get the stressor under control. By writing all of your thoughts and sorting them out, you will be able to know what is really true and what is the distortion. The reason that is important is b/c depression is what is making our thoughts "not right" or negative.
This does not mean that the stressor does not exist or that you have to make it disappear with this exercise. The point is to see the actual problem clearly, so that you can deal with it effectively. You do need to turn your thinking around and think of these things differently so you can feel better and deal better.
Keep working with your therapist on this, it takes awhile to get it. The list of thought distortions helps me focus on turning my thoughts around. You may find it easier to simply practice on your thoughts throughout your day. When you find yourself thinking something that you feel is negative, try to sort it out in your mind. Then write it down if you feel that will help more, it usually does.
Just remember it's kinda just about seeing things clearly....You should be so proud of yourself for working at this. Really. I hope it gets easier for you. Sorry if I was no help and made things more confusing for you, post again if you have anymore questions.
You go girl, your on your way, one step at a time. Mogli's explanation even made sense to me............ .
I am so proud of you always but today is a special day for you. Kudos to you my daughter accross the ocean.
I hope you are feeling well today. I wanted to add something about CBT. about how doing all of those exercises, helps me now. When you're learning how to do them, you follow the process exactly. And like I said before, you practice it, over and over.
Because I learned how to do these effectively, now I can automatically think differently mostly without going through the actual thought diary exercise. (When I'm really struggling it helps me more though to write it down, like you're doing now.)
It just helps me battle my symptoms. Because now when I feel the depression coming on, my mind will think of ways to cope, to manage..instead of beating myself up, or allowing the symtpoms to consume me. It helped me become more of a fighter. Before I learned these skills (and there are different ones) I would follow the weakness of the illness. Don't get me wrong, sometimes depression is so strong and painful, that it can still consume me for awhile. And that's okay, because sometimes we have to just accept it when we're not well, and instead of trying to overcome it right away, we need to just take care of ourselves until it lifts or passes.
Anyway, I'll be looking for your update. Another day--no problem for helping out, I am so glad to be a little help. That's what we're all here for
I am just here to support you and to tell you your doing great. The others will help you with the CBT.
I know you are working on this hard, but please, don't worry about the time frame. Everyone is different and you will learn this, I do not doubt that.
Just keep on keeping on.
Thanks so much for your kind words. We all need to lean on each other through this awful stuff.
These members are so wise.....do not let a bad day spoil the good days. Revel in your accomplishments. You are the best.
Lots of hugs.
You have been on my mind a lot. I hope you are feeling better and that you were able to enjoy some of the weekend. You are such a strong person and one day you will see yourself that way, the way we already see you.
Please take good care of yourself!