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Hibee
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   Posted 4/15/2009 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All
 
Hope all is well with you guys, sorry I have not been on here much recently.  I went to see my clinical phycologist yesterday and had a good chat with here re my current state of mental health and we decided that CBT would be a good option for me.  She gave me some information to read before I make my decision weather to do the CBT as she said it requires a lot of hard work from me and I need to make the commitment which I am willing to do.  I am to phone here next week and then we will take it from there,  I am having anxiety about weather im strong enough to do it due to at the moment when I get anxious I just want to get away from the situation and the thought of satying there and confronting it is making me anxious.
 
I also spoke about my medication and she is going to speak to my pdoc and see what options there are for me.
I am feeling positive about the CBT and know it will be hard work but can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I really dont want to spend the next 20 years like I have lived most of my life so far.  I may of spoke about this before but cant remember,  My therapist said I need to accept my diagnosis of GAD/Depression so that I can move forward as at the moment I still just want these feelings to completly go which will not be the case but through the thrarapy I will be able to manage it better.  I thought this was good advice and thought I would pass it on.
 
Take Care All
 
Ben

Post Edited (unhappy32) : 4/15/2009 6:22:06 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 4/15/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Ben,

Your therapist is wise, acceptance is the key to healing. Fighting the truth, that we have anxiety, only makes it harder to cope with this disorder.

I am glading your leaning towared the CBT as I think you will do very well with that choice of therapy.  It does take hard work and you do not have to rush through the process.  Take it at your own pace.

Take care and it is good to hear from you.

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   Posted 4/15/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Ben I just wanted to send good wishes your way that the CBT helps you to get feeling better. Will continue to keep you in my prayers that you kick your anxiety to the curb. Good luck and do keep us posted on how the CBT goes!!!
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   Posted 4/15/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Ben
I havent been here either but I am sure glad you are going to try the cbt
I know it works
'Ya just have t work at it as well ya know
I do WISH you al the best
Take care and stay strong

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Aries8
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   Posted 4/15/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Ben! I'm happy to hear you got in to see your therapist and the two of you are working on a new plan. That should make you feel better! You passed on some good advice. It does help to accept we're sick. We need to accept our diagnoses and remember that it's not serious. We will get better! Take care, Ben!
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   Posted 4/15/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Ben,

It's so good to hear from you, and your news is very positive. I'm glad you're willing to take the risk of trying CBT, despite your fears about being strong enough. I hope you'll find, as I have, that the farther along you go, the stronger you feel. It has helped me a lot.

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PS to Lyn - It's so good to see you back, my friend! Hugs!

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Hibee
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   Posted 4/15/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt, Nanners, Lyn, Aries & Percycat

Thanks for your reply's and continued support it means so much to me I think CBT is going to make a big change in my life.

Take Care All

Ben

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   Posted 4/16/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ben,

I am glad you are finally getting the therapy you have been wanting to help you out. It sounds like your therapist is wise, and like I've told you before, I believe that you will begin to feel better as soon as you get going with everything. I wish you the best of luck and will be looking forward to seeing some optimistic posts in the future :) Take care and I am sending you well wishes for you and your entire family. I also have been praying for your father as well. I hope he is doing well with his medical treatments.

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   Posted 4/16/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ben,

I wish you the very best. CBT has been really helpful to me in my own struggles, and I have a very good feeling that it will be for you, too.

Hibee
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   Posted 4/17/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Sam, thank you for your reply and well wishes for my father he is doing good. I am feeling positive about the CBT after reading all the information i got on Tuesday and will phone therapist back next week to arrange things.

Raniah thanks for your support and its good to hear that CBT has helped you and I hope you carry on improving and together we can beat this anxiety.

Thank you both

Take care

Ben

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   Posted 4/17/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ben!

I just want to say that CBT is a lot of work...but so worth it too! It took me so long to finally accept my diagnosis and be willing to commit the time and energy into alternative techniques and therapy. I just wanted it all to GO AWAY - then it finally hit me that it's not going to go away, it is a part of who I am, and I want to make the choice to fight it and understand it.

One plus of the CBT work (at least with my therapist) is that I feel very proactive. He gives me worksheets, information handouts, logs and so forth. I have actual "homework" which puts my problems onto paper - makes them seem real & valid - and unable to try and just ignore. I'm an analytical person (WAY too much so sometimes), but that part of me enjoys analyzing and working through the ins and outs of my thinking process.

You are strong enough! Go for it.
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Hibee
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   Posted 4/17/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
mom2three

Thanks for your post its good to hear from people who have or are doing CBT, I really do need to accept my diagnosis and learn how to cope with my anxiety/depression so i can move on and keep my GAD at a more controllable level. I am getting all sorts of anxious thoughts at the moment, I have lived with these feelings for so long that I find it hard to think of life with out the anxiety/depression which is weird but they have shaped who I am and my personality but saying that I can see the huge benefits of doing the CBT and realize that my life will be a lot easier and happier with my mental health under control. It going to be a tough couple of months but worth it.

Thanks

Ben

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   Posted 4/19/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there, Ben, and remember you're not alone. You have all of us with you every step of the way!
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