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Re: Adam

Posted by Adam on October 29, 1999, at 1:54:22

In reply to Re: Adam, posted by Elizabeth on October 27, 1999, at 21:37:17

> You actually find CBT helpful? How so? (Specifics.)

Yes, I do find it helpful, as I have mentioned in other posts.
I do not feel that it is "sophistry," at any rate, though it is
not perfect. As for specifics, well, we discuss a variety of issues
dealing mostly with relationships and negative feelings that I have
about myself and explore the evidence for and against my beliefs,
and come up with game plans to test some of those beliefs. In all
honesty, much of what comes out of my CBT experience is just common
sense. But I have found that when my depression has been especially
bad, I have had a difficult time staying grounded, and my
imagination can run wild. I mean, we deal with a number of issues,
and really it's all focused on a) combatting the distortions that
stem from a depressed mindset, and b) making sure I don't fall into
patterns of seclusion, etc. None of it is something one couldn't come
up with on their own, but I have found it helpful to work through some
issues with another person, especially a person trained in dealing
with the cognative and behavioral aspects of depression and anxiety
disorders, both of which I have.

> > Some day, maybe, someone like me will walk into a hospital, and a number or routine tests will be taken.
> > I'll get blood tests to check out all my hormones, etc. (never done before I checked myself into the
> > hospital this year), maybe they'll take a sample of CSF,
> *ouch*
Being depressed for 10 years straight. OUCH.
No, really, I'm just whipping around ideas amateurishly.
I just figure there might be some useful chemical clues
to be found in the CSF that you couldn't get from a blood
test. I know spinal taps aren't any fun. Maybe it would
be too invasive. I don't know.

> You're an optimist, Adam. I mean that in a good way.





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