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Some people have a great response to CBT training. However it's not for everyone. You just have to try and give it your all. It did not work for me personally, but I have a hard time sticking with things and I give up quickly.
CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, for those that don't know, is a process of teaching the brain to think differently. (That is said in extreme laymen's terms.)
I have GAD very badly and I believe that everything I do to control and understand it is a benefit. I was taking a great CBT group at my Out Patient facility until scheduling messed things up - but I see it as one more coping skill to help keep my brain on track. I, also have treatment resistant Depression, and CBT helps with that, as well. Because my brain hears, "you need to find another job" and thinks I will be homeless and starving tomorrow, in a homeless shelter or on the street. CBT allows me to take baby steps to examine the act that's happening and get to the core of the fear and with the help of a therapist or a group look at the situation from a realistic standpoint and script out positive ways to handle the crisis. I guess CBT helps erase those negative grooves in the brain that our thoughts always fell in to because we didn't have a healthier more positive dialogue to follow.
GAD sucks. I have never claimed to have it worse or better because I can't feel your levels. What I do know is that there's no single cure to it. Think of fighting anxeity as building something complex CBT is say a screw driver breathing excersizes is a wrench, muscle relaxation exercises is a socket and so on. You will need a full toolbox if you want to win. I'm nice I share my tools with anyone who wants to use them and you don't have to worry about bringing these tools back.
Answered 4 years ago
Reading the CBT book - Feeling Good - helps me quite a bit, I'm awful at twisting the smallest things in my mind and making them feel huge and dark, (nobody loves me, I'm all alone/will be single forever, I'm ugly, that person thinks I'm stupid/boring etc, etc, etc…when in reality, none of that is truly happening) and suffer from the axiety aftermath, this book really helped/helps me to put things back into perspective and see things more clearly without my mind interferring. I was able to get out and start making new friends and building on the friendships I already had. I still have bad days, but it's a little easier now to pull myself out of it and move forward…it's amazing how fast you can change your perception and feel so differently(positive or negative) if you allow it! Thank you- even just writing this made me feel better! I hope it works for you!