Posted by sid on January 29, 2002, at 14:26:24
In reply to my reservations about cbt, posted by jane d on January 29, 2002, at 13:34:06
I think that with CBT, for some people (for me at least), the distorted thought pattern can be changed. Not just what you say without believing it, but the actual functioning of the brain. Some of my distorted thoughts never changed with CBT however, even though I realized they were distorted. Meds seem to work for them now. CBT can do the same thing as meds for some people, it takes longer however, and efforts.
I am not sure if the distorted thoughts came with the depression or if I had them before, all I care about is that CBT worked for me.
I do disagree with your therapist however that CBT is all that can help and that depression is caused only by distorted thoughts and behavior. It can be a mixture of many things, and every person's experience differs, in my opinion. SInce ethere is no one clear answer, the debate continues...