Cognitive Behavioral Therapy---Anyone?

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hopeisreal
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   Posted 9/8/2007 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Because I am (and have been forever) a constant worrier (sp)---and have started experiencing panic/anxiety attacks---I am reading about cognitive behavioral therapy---and it sounds like a 'no brainer' to do----train your thoughts before they start getting out of 'control' so you don't let worry/anxiety etc... manifest itself into something more...
 
I mean, how can you change behaviors that have been part of your life........since you can remember?  (I'm in my mid-30s)!
 
Have any of you gone throught this process?  Did you find that it helped?  Did you go to a Psychiatrist for this? MSW?  Psychologist?  Which professional is the best to see for CBT?
 
Thank you for your input! :-)

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   Posted 9/8/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there............I am chuckling, sorry. You asked the right question and are sure to get answers.

Let me start. CBT is is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do.  

The term "cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)" is a very general term for a classification of therapies with similarities.  There are several approaches to cognitive-behavioral therapy, including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy.

You may want to read the info in this link: http://www.healingwell.com/library/anxiety/info2.asp

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) teaches you to anticipate and prepare yourself for the situations and bodily sensations that may trigger panic attacks. CBT usually includes the following elements:

  • A therapist helps you identify the thinking patterns that lead you to misinterpret sensations and assume "the worst" is happening. These patterns of thinking are deeply ingrained, and it will take practice to notice them and then to change them.

  • A therapist can teach you breathing exercises that calm you and that can prevent the overbreathing, or hyperventilation, that often occurs during a panic attack.

  • A therapist can help you gradually become less sensitive to the frightening bodily sensations and feelings of terror. This is done by helping you, step-by- step, to safely test yourself in the places and situations you've been avoiding.

CBT generally requires at least 8 to 12 weeks. Some people may need a longer time in treatment to learn the skills and put them into practice. Most panic disorder patients are successful in controlling or preventing their panic attacks after completing treatment with CBT.

CBT requires a motivated patient and a specially trained therapist. Make sure any therapist you work with has proper training and experience in this method of panic disorder treatment. Indeed, in some parts of the country, you may find limited access to professionals trained and experienced in CBT.

I am sure you will hear from members who have had great success with CBT.

Keep posting and know we care.


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hopeisreal
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   Posted 9/8/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Kitt---I guess I will be doing some reading about the different forms of CBT---I didn't realize there were so many......

hopeisreal
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   Posted 9/10/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
btt---  anyone?  :-)

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   Posted 9/11/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there
There is a great thread on CBT going or on the forum now

I do the Moodgyms one and for me it has helped tremendously

I too am a constant or I WAS a constant worrier

I wish you all the best

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   Posted 9/11/2007 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   

CBT has proven successful for so many and the hard work involved pays off.  So hats off to all of you who use CBT.

I am proud of each of you.

 


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   Posted 9/11/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks LIL sis

Will yak at ya later

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   Posted 9/14/2007 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,  I have not been on here in quite a while so just founf your post.
 
I am currently doing CBT.  I am finding it very hard.  I get very emotional but it does work.
I am making slow progress, (but then thats me).
The way it works is very clever.
The therapist gets you to look at your way of thinking and to see the distortions. and to get you to think of ways of thinking that would be more healthy.  The therapist is there to help you. And if you keep saying to yourself where you are going wrong then in time it will come naturally.
 
I would recommend it.  Some people need more sessions than others and some people find it easier than others.
 
Hope that has helped.  If you need to know anyting else please dont hesitate to contact me.
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   Posted 9/15/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the answers----currently, I am seeing a MSW for therapy---do you think I should seek some other therapist to try this CBT?  I don't know if she's even had practice in this area...... eyes

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   Posted 9/16/2007 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are motivated to get better and willing to do the exercises daily cbt is the way to go in my opinion. I was in a group and  we used the book by sam obitz and I identified with a lot of what he described and that gave me the boost in confidence that cbt may actually work for me. I liked his more simple approach which amounted to the tea forms the wrist counter exercises and the putting things back into perspective exercise. It really does change the way your mind processes things and gets better and better over time in my experience so I would highly recommend giving cbt a try.I hope you can find similar success with cbt :)

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   Posted 9/16/2007 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Angel and Big Bear,

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with the CBT. This is a good thread.

Keep it going everyone.

 


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   Posted 9/17/2007 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree this is a good thread .......we also have 2 others going at same time .......

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   Posted 9/17/2007 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks everyone! off to find the other threads......

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   Posted 9/17/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL....Good for you hun

Keep us posted on how you are doing in the one is a link for online CBT.........
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   Posted 10/27/2007 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
stkitt said...

Angel and Big Bear,

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with the CBT. This is a good thread.

Keep it going everyone.

 

Thank you. I hope my experience with CBT is helpful in motivating others to at least give it a try. It may or may not work for you but there is really no downside in trying it tongue

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   Posted 10/27/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   

  I have too agree that CBT is very helpful but in  need to over come this disorder is sure will power and to changing the way we think and after being here I have learned that I don't want this in my life anymore as I have so much to live for that I fought like heck to over come this disorder and have put myself in harm's way to winning this battle of P/A's. For every fight there must be a battle plan and I have seen battle first hand and there is always a plan too defeat your enemies you just need to stick to it and use all the resources you have to succeed and at times we must intervises are plan to gain the upper hand and face it in order to beat it for this is a battle that we can WIN and will do so.

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   Posted 11/30/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
freezinginAK said...

  I have too agree that CBT is very helpful but in  need to over come this disorder is sure will power and to changing the way we think and after being here I have learned that I don't want this in my life anymore as I have so much to live for that I fought like heck to over come this disorder and have put myself in harm's way to winning this battle of P/A's. For every fight there must be a battle plan and I have seen battle first hand and there is always a plan too defeat your enemies you just need to stick to it and use all the resources you have to succeed and at times we must intervises are plan to gain the upper hand and face it in order to beat it for this is a battle that we can WIN and will do so.

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  Well put freezinginAK! CBT is great but we need to stick to it with all our might to get the most out of it.

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   Posted Yesterday 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
cbt sounds good. id give it a go.

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   Posted Yesterday 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Great I am glad you are willing to give it a try.  Let us know once you get started and we are always here to support you.

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   Posted 12/5/2007 2:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been doing CBT now for a cuople of months, and I haven't had a panic attack for over 3 weeks - I am so proud of myself, but have my therapist to thanks for everyone. I did start a thread with all of the advice that my therapist gave me - it's called Panic Relapse.
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   Posted 12/21/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
The Online CBT has helped me so much I wish I had started years ago .........

Keep it going if you are doing it it does WORK

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   Posted 2/5/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Great to see so many people diving in and seeing how cbt can change your life :) Everyone keep up the good work!
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