Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.
Here is the direct link to The MoodGym Training Program
This same company provides a program called e-couch.
e-couch provides evidence-based information about emotional problems (including depression and anxiety disorders) and teaches strategies that may help you to prevent problems and understand yourself better.
Here is the link for e-couch
Remember these programs are free and can be down online.......do take a look at both and see if one of them may meet your needs.
Again a warm welcome to HW
Wow. I am overwhelmed by the kind, thoughtful responses. I appreciate your input and your thoughts tremendously. I am sure as most of you can relate, it's hard dumping all this mental garbage (and physical chronic illness) on your loved ones. They either just cannot relate no matter how hard they try and I end up feeling frustrated and further isolated, or they are just so tired of it that they tune it out. I can't say I blame them. Connecting with others who can relate and who don't have to live with me is very helpful and comforting.
After reading your remarks, I picked up the phone and called my therapist. He apparently has moved on in his residency with the hospital, so I have been switched to a new one... a woman, which actually may be more conducive to my comfort in therapy. It's hard talking about my bowels with a man! Also, I think a woman may be better equipped to understand my caution about the anti-ds messing with my weight, hormones, stomach, etc. Anyway, I have to wait to get the sessions approved through my insurance as my prior approval expired today. Murphy's Law, right?!
I plan to discuss beginning CBT and also any meds that may help. I had not considered taking things as needed (e.g. Xanax, Ativan, etc) but I'll address that possibility with her though. I have taken them in the past with much relief. Valium got me through a tough time last year when my IBS was making me agoraphobic and unable to sleep and Xanax is what got me through the CA Bar Exam a few years ago!
MoodGym and e-couch look great! I'll definitely give them both a try! Thanks again!
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DX: Anxiety, Depression, LPR (acid reflux)
Meds: Paxil, Nexium, Zantac
I googled "eye movement desensitization" and pulled up the EMDR's website. Very interesting stuff. I can see how it would work because when I was undergoing physical therapy a while ago for pelvic floor dyssynergia (brought on by years of chronic pelvic pain from my IBS) they coached me to withstand pain by using imagery and distraction techniques. It worked to help me through painful sessions and perform the physical exercises I needed to do.
I'll ask about it. If my therapist doesn't provide it, that EMDR site has a list of providers who have completed a certain amount and course of training in EMD. I am sure my insurance won't cover it, but it may be worth pursuing in the future.
I hope your therapist provides EMDR. Do keep us posted on how you are doing and join in any of the threads that interest you.