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LALady
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   Posted 7/15/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my 2nd CBT session on Monday of this week. It was nearly three weeks following my first one due to my doctor's schedule and a vacation I had planned.
 
After reviewing some of my journaling re anxiety producing events and discussing my thoughts about certain events in my past, the therapist says it appears that my predominant mode of thinking is "catastrophizing" and "all or none." That is so very interesting to me. I had not thought about it before, but realize that it is very true. This causes me to feel overwhelmed and stressed, not mention exhausted from all the worry, and it all adds to my anxiousness. We are going to delve deeper and I am so excited to do so! Unlocking the sources of my anxiety and understanding the way my mind works is liberating.
 
We also discussed the mountains of stress and anxiety surrounding my job. She validated that anyone would be stressed in my shoes and I am actually handling it well, which made me feel good.
 
Going on 2 months on Celexa. All is fine except that I have completely lost any interest in sex and achieving orgasm is about as challenging summiting Everest :( Boyfriend is understanding and supportive, but it still is tough.
 
Overall though, I feel good. I feel I am making progress every day..baby steps towards getting better. I am more able to kick my anxiety to the curb when it rears its ugly head, which helps me build confidence in my ability to control this some day.
 
I didn't get to this point overnight. So, I just have to remind myself, I won't get better overnight. It is going to take a lot of motivation and dedication and openness with myself.
27 year old female
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Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: 30 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin


raze
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   Posted 7/15/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you had a good appointment. =)
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Nanners
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   Posted 7/15/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree it does sound like it was a very productive appointment. When my anxiety was at its worse, I too would think the worst of everything. Thats why I personally think therapy is such a benefit for us. Helps us see what and why we are doing certain things.
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LALady
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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with both of you. Yes, I left the appointment feeling great and like I had made some headway. It was wonderful and encouraging!
 
I don't regard myself as a negative person, and generally I know that I am optimistic and positive in my moods and personality, but it's weird...when things knock me off balance I always leap for worst case scenario thinking. Then I just get OCD about worrying and the what ifs take over. I feel like if I could, I would just pick up this heavy weight on my shoulders and just heave it over the side of a cliff into the ocean...
 
Metaphorically, I suppose that is what I attempting to do now :P
27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: 30 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin


Hibee
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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Im glad that your 2nd session went well and that you feel that it was positive that is great news. I have now had 2 sessions of cbt and feel that this therapy is a great way of looking at how we can deal and cope better with our anxiety.

Take Care

Ben
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