Counseling vs. Therapy/Pschiatry

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 3/10/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay I am very new here.
I have, up until now, managed to mostly control my anxiety through breathing, etc. learned in couseling a few years ago....although I have had my days.
Today, and this entire past few days/weeks, my anxiety has gotten the better of me to the point I cannot handle/divert it with breathing, walking away, etc.
So after a full blown attack at work I broke down and called our mental health hot line.
They gave me a few numbers to call for therapist/pschiatrists offices(apparently all the numbers she gave me had both in office) after I mentioned I had been in couseling a few times prior.
I am waiting now to hear back from them on when an appointment is available...apparently unless you are suicidal(which is unheard of on my end) you are low on the totem pole.
So while I am waiting...I'm curious as to what I am in for?
I've avoided this for so long because I did not want to be on medications. I do not even like taking motrin or tylenol...I'm known to suffer through migraines as a result of not wanting to take anything.
At this point though I am at my wits end and my rope is frayed to the point I see no other options.
So for those of you who have been here....and I feel like a child starting out....I appreciate any advice, information, heads up, or just encouraging words.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 3/10/2008 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome, I am Kitt.
CBT or Cognitive-Behavior Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do.  It has worked wel for many here and if you browse the forums you will find info.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy does not exist as a distinct therapeutic technique. 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.

Many therapist will use a form of this therapy and you will find you will work hard at mastering the tecniques but it is well worth it.

I am sure other members will have advice for you too.
Stick with us and keep posting.  We are so happy to have you on board.

Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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