Self directed cognitive behavorial therapy?
March 25, 2009 2:40 PM Subscribe
What are my options when I have decided that I want to receive cognitive behavioral therapy, but I live in a non English speaking country with few mental health resources in general?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (9 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I have recently come to terms to the fact that I have had a long term mild depression. In depression questionnaires I consistently score right above or below the minimum score for depression. I have no suicidal thoughts, so I am in no immediate danger, but I do engage in self destructive behaviors, that I really want to stop.
The largest of these is severe and absurd procrastination. By severe I mean that I procrastinate on things that are very important to my future, in work and in relationships, often to the point where the don't get done. And by absurd I mean that I procrastinate in really stupid ways. For example working for a month on a project and almost finishing it, but then delaying sending an email to my boss for weeks to ask about a few minor details that would take less than an hour to fix, or getting up on time to get to some important appointment, but then deciding that I need to finish a chapter in the book I am reading on the toilet so I am an hour late.
Time spent on the internet is a huge part of this, and one of my favorite ways to procrastinate is to look for solutions to my problems. From these searches, I have decided that CBT is the best way for me to go. I like the theory behind it and I think it is a good fit for the way I think.
However, I live in a non English speaking country that has poor mental health services in its own language let alone in English.
So what are my options as far as therapy goes? Have people been successful with do it your self CBT? I've seen a few sites for online therapists, but they I haven't been impressed with what I've seen. Any experiences with therapy, through chat or email? Any other thoughts or suggestions?
*I would be willing to give anti depressants a try, but I am not sure that I need them. I also would like to take them under care of a English speaking psychiatrist, but I do not have insurance coverage back in the states.