Did CBT work for you?
October 28, 2006 8:22 PM Subscribe
I have recently been diagnosed with depression. I am taking 40mg of Prozac a day. I have also been advised to persevere with a course of Cognitive behavioural therapy. I am worried that CBT isnt relevant to me. Has anyone else had or currently having success with it?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (47 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have been trying to cure myself of depression scince about June. Despite the fact that I have been taking the drugs for nine weeks I feel I am getting worse not better. I feel increasingly angry. I have lost the ability to cry. I have been cutting myself. My suicidal thoughts are developing structure and intent.
As far as I understand CBT it is based on the premise that negative thought patterns are part of a self fullfilling vicious cycle. Negative thoughts are not necessarily true. Carefully examining them will therefore help reveal this. This will help breakdown the individual's self hatred and improve his or her self esteem and coping ability.
CBT also seems to assume that depression or lack of self belief is commonly founded in the inividual's life experience. (I dont feel that anything has happened to me to explain the way I now feel.)
Intellectually this makes perfect sense. I can totally see how this may be the case for lots of people. But I fear that it is not the case for me. It seems to me that the things I believe about myself are not only negative but absolutely true. Therefore examing them is a waste of time and could potentially make me feel worse.
Are these feelings another symptom of the illness? Did anyone else face this hurdle at the beggining of CBT? How did you overcome it? Did it take long? What hope do you now have for the future?
I would be gratefull for any experience or wisdom that anyone could offer. Im trying to be brave but I dont think that I actually have the strenght to overcome this.
With thanks in anticipation.