Need a new brain-mechanic.
November 19, 2012 9:21 AM Subscribe
CBT doesn't seem to be working for me. What other options do I have?
posted by furnace.heart to health & fitness (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've battled with depression and anxiety since early college (10+ years ago?). In the more recent history, I had things very much, under control with a very good diet, plenty of regular sleep and lots of exercise (I commuted 2 miles to and from work everyday).
About a year ago, we had a kid (goodbye regular-plentiful sleep), moved across the country to Maine (goodbye year-round-bike-commute). In addition to these very specific factors, I cannot find work outside of the retail sector and am also stay-at-home-dad for the kid several days a week. This contributes to my anxiety more than my depression, but its exacerbating both significantly and I am having trouble coping on a daily basis. I also kind of very much loathe where we've landed, and am battling an incredible homesickness on a daily basis. This is basically a perfect cocktail for me to go bonkers. Things are getting worse, and I really need to get a handle on things. Long term solutions for the family to move back to where we came from, but this won't happen for at least a year, more like a year and a half. That doesn't help me now, however.
In regards to Medication: I have in the past and under supervision, been on a laundry list of different meds, but none seemed to work out for me; I either felt completely dead to the world, or I was turned into an insomniac by everything I was prescribed. I would like to avoid taking drugs if possible.
I've been in therapy since we landed on this coast, and I've tried out a couple therapists. The therapist I have been working with the longest only works within a CBT model, and it's just not working for me. I have no idea why...maybe I'm too far down the rabbit hole? But it is not working for me, and i'm looking for alternatives. There seems to be a dearth of therapists out here (Portland, Maine, specifically) that seem to work with our insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield).