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Re: therapy issues again deerock

Posted by emilyp on August 12, 2009, at 20:26:17

In reply to Re: therapy issues again)) Deerock emilyp, posted by deerock on August 11, 2009, at 13:05:19

CBT is mainly for trying to change patterns - both actions and thinking. The idea is that your brain automatically reacts to certain thinking. So, if you think a lot about your failures in life, it triggers certain emotions and actions, which are likely lead to a poor mood. CBT tries to change this almost automated feelings and actions. While it is not always easy to figure out why you may be depressed, if you think that you have consistent feelings or outlook in life are affecting you, then it is likely CBT is for you.

Analysis or more traditional therapy spends more time investigating your feelings and sometimes your past. It was looks a lot at relationships and how you interact with others. It helps to understand where your feelings originate; it can help to understand your hot buttons - what things in your life just push you toward depression.

Part of the problems (at least in my experience) is that even if you are successful in therapy and learning about what caused your depression/mood issues, it can be hard, on one's own, to learn how to change that automatic thinking. That is where CBT comes in - therapists that practice CBT help you learn how you to disconnect the feelings with certain actions.




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