CBT Therapy- WHAT IS IT??

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JessicaS
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   Posted 2/20/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
sad  Can somebody please tell me what CBT is, and how it works? I have had anxiety for three  years, and meds just are not working. I need to fix this. I have the butterflys in my chest, the dizziness, and the "dying" feeling all the time. Somebody told me to seek CBT therapy, but I dont know what it is. {lease help me.....
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   Posted 2/20/2007 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! CBT is Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In a nutshell, you learn to recognize the negative, illogical anxiety-causing thoughts you are having, how to stop them and/or replace them with more positive and rational thoughts.

I agree that meds alone dont usually cut it. I very highly recommend learning CBT. A psycologist, therapist, etc. can help you with this. They can also teach you relaxation techniques, breathing excersises, etc. that will help with Anxiety/Panic.

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   Posted 2/20/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   

  I think that Karen has said it has given you some really good input on this and learning CBT is very helpfull for dealing with anxiety disorder and meds just tend to help slow the way that we react to are anxiety and to the right of this post is some helpfull infomation on this under Resources.

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   Posted 2/22/2007 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Here is a reply to another friend I just wrote on another thread about cbt:
I have read the david burns book and it is full of useful exercises and more of a manual for overcoming anxiety and depression and not a real friendly book, but that said I did like it. I was in a group and the book by sam obitz was the first one we used and I identified with a lot, but not all, of it which in turn gave me the boost in confidence that cbt may actually work that I needed at the time and got me to dive into the program head first. I liked his more simple approach which amounted to the tea forms the wrist counter exercises and the putting thingfs back into perspective exercise, it's kind of a cliff notes for burns book which did not overwhelm me and helped me focus by not overwhelming me with too many drills to focus on. Really I pretty much am only doing the tea forms now and it is working well but I still notice if I take too many days (weeks) off from doing them my anxiety does start to ramp back up a bit.
What I was referring to about it kicking in six months ago was that it seems like it is starting to become ingrained as my default way of thinking since then. I hope you can find similar success with cbt :)

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   Posted 5/23/2007 12:54 AM (GMT -7)   
 
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CBT in my opinion is excellent, I see a clinical psychologist as well as take medications and I am absolutely positive I would not have advanced as well as I have with just medications alone.
 
I would like to recommend a book also - The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J Bourne.
My psychologist lent it to me and then I purchased it through Amazon, it is quite cheap.  It reinforces much of the things you learn with CBT and is very easy to follow/understand.
 
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   Posted 8/16/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   

A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy based on modifying everyday thoughts and behaviors, with the aim of positively influencing emotions. The general approach developed out of modification behavior  and Cognitive Therapy, and has become widely used to treat psychopathology, including mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

The particular therapeutic techniques vary according to the particular kind of client or issue, but commonly include keeping a diary of significant events and associated feelings, thoughts and behaviors; questioning and testing assumptions or habits of thoughts that might be unhelpful and unrealistic; gradually facing activities which may have been avoided; and trying out new ways of behaving and reacting.

 Relaxation and distraction techniques are also commonly included. CBT is widely accepted as an evidence-based, cost-effective psychotherapy for many disorders. It is sometimes used with groups of people as well as individuals, and the techniques are also commonly adapted for self-help manuals. Reference: Wikipedia


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   Posted 8/20/2007 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
It looks like you already have lots of good answers about what CBT yeah
I think all the books I like best have already been mentioned but I am partial to the ones by Sam Obitz, David Burns and Claire Weekes. The key is not so much whose book you get but that you do the exercises everyday to eliminate the stinkin thinkin that causes anxiety nono

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   Posted 8/20/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey All,

CBT can be very helpful for some people with depression, panic, and/or anxiety disorder.  I suffer from all these disorders, but CBT does nothing to help my imbalances.  I don't have any hang-ups about myself, I don't have a poor self image, and I recognize that I bear no responsibility for having an imbalance.  I went through a ten week therapy group focusing on CBT, and I just didn't fit in.  Everyone else was a mess when we started, and I did see it make some improvements in the attitudes of some participants.  If you have the opportunity to try it out, it certainly couldn't hurt, and might just help.

Just my opinion.

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   Posted 8/24/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   

CBT Girl

Look next to Debaser's post right here and you will see his envelope is blue so you can click on the envelope icon and it will open up an emails screen.

Take care and your posts are excellent.

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   Posted 9/16/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
How do you make your envelope blue and what exactly does it mean to have a blue envelope?

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   Posted 9/17/2007 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there

GO to Control Panel at the top of page and add your Email addy that wil let pl on this site that are MEMBERS be able to email you and turn your envelope blue showing that your email addy is available IF you want it to be ........

I suggesst doing it this way as per putting it in a post as anyone ( non members and spammers can get it ) ........you can also add your yahoo or IM or whatever you want in your profile ......

Hope this helps you Bigbear


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   Posted 9/21/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Stkitt, thanks for the compliment on my postings :-) That was really nice of you! Sorry i have not posted recently but work has been real hectic and though I have been doing well I have not had much time for e-mail or posting. Also thanks for the info on how to contact debaser. Cheers.

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   Posted 11/9/2007 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone tongue I wanted to say hi to everyone and let them know that I am still doing well and hope everyone else is as well :-) My travel for work should be slowing slowing down so I will try and post more often and hope to inspire others to give CBT a try :-)

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   Posted 11/27/2007 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Good bump AK and I hope you are not freezing but probably are sad
CBT is great yeah

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   Posted 11/30/2007 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Great to see so many getting behind CBT tongue

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   Posted 2/1/2008 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't believe I never saw this thread before??? I think it is great that you guys and girls keep bumping it. Count me as a CBT proponent but you gotta keep doing your TEA forms for the most relief possible as I learned the hard way this past summer. Doing great now and hope all of you are as well.

bigbear
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   Posted 2/5/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
For me CBT and TEA forms = having control of my anxiety instead of anxiety controlling me :)

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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Me too bigbear tongue

percycat
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   Posted 4/6/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
All,

I missed it: what's a TEA form?

I have been seeing a CBTherapist for a couple of years now, and it's been a help. Sometimes, I don't get enough chance to practice the physical or, more importantly, mental techniques we discuss, though, and then I'm in big trouble when a bout of anxiety hits.

percycat

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   Posted 4/11/2008 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Percycat,

I'm not sure what the TEA form is.  Maybe some else does and can help us with that.

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CBTgirl
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   Posted 4/18/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Percycat and Wen :) TEA forms are great. TEA stands for Thought-Errors_Analysis. They help you learn to think more objectively and not so upsettngly (I think I made up a new word) by eliminating the thinking errors we make that cause most of our anxiety. You really can retrain your brain if you do them everyday. The CBT book by Sam Obitz has examples of them that are good and he explains them better than I do. Best thing about TEA forms is that all you need to do them are a pen and a piece of paper. I hope this helps because they are what I attribute to my continued success.

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   Posted 4/18/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, CBTgirl. I'll have to check TEA forms out. I see a CBT therapist weekly, but sometimes it seems I haven't taken enough homework on and then I wonder whether I'll be able to apply a skill when the time comes that I need it. This will give us something new to talk about next week.

percycat

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   Posted 4/19/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
CBTGirl,
 
Thanks for the great info, it sounds very similar to the forms that my therapist is having me use.  They are called Record of Automatic Thoughts - you write down the negative thoughts, what's going on to cause the thoughts, then re-evaluate those negative thoughts to how you could have thought differently about the situation so it wasn't negative (he could explain it better than me, but that's the short version).
 
Great info, thanks again.
 
Thanks Kitt, this is definitely a thread that should be kept on the first page - as you said it has lots of great info in it.
 
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   Posted 4/23/2008 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   

CBT girl is our expert on this topic and she is always good at explaining how the CBT works so Members, please,  feel free to ask quetions  that you need help or want info about.

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   Posted 5/20/2008 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
percycat said...
Thanks, CBTgirl. I'll have to check TEA forms out. I see a CBT therapist weekly, but sometimes it seems I haven't taken enough homework on and then I wonder whether I'll be able to apply a skill when the time comes that I need it. This will give us something new to talk about next week.

percycat


Hi Percycat,

You're welcome but sorry late in replying to you. The homework is the most important part of CBT. I still work on my TEA forms at least four days a week and they help me keep my anxiety under control tongue Let me know how it is going and I hope you have been better about your homework nono
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