Hi, has anyone here gon e through therapy? Has it helped you at all? I want to hear some stories from you guys and how you got better or didn't. I want to see a psychologist, a CBT expert or something but i'm jsut wondering if it actually helps. I don't want to feel like this forever cause I don't think I can. Also, I want to try to avoid medications if I can. I heard the long term side effects for anti depressants are horrible. Can anyone shed some light on therapy plz? Thanks guys!
I have been in CBT for about 6 weeks now. I am not taking medications either. I think the therapy has helped me in the are of self-esteem, the way I view myself and this disorder, and in managing stress. I have coupled this with Lucinda Bassett's Attacking Anxiety tapes and have made good progress.
I am not anxiety free... yet. But much further than where I was. My depression ( or funk as I like to call it!lol ) has lifted, and it has made it much easier to deal with this.
Give the CBT a try. Go in with the attitude that this is going to work, and give it 100%, and I bet you get better soon.
After 2 and half years I have decided its time for me to see a specialist. I have tried many different meds, and i actually did see a counselor for about 8 weeks but decided all he was doing for me was draining my pocketbook. That kind of soured me on therapy, but I now realize that i was not ready to make the commitment to change, and maybe he just was not the right therapist for me...I have now accepted that I have to be committed to change myself...i can't go into therapy thinking the dr will cure me, I can only take their advice and suggestions, put them into practice and cure myself.
I made an appointment with a psychiatrist who specializes in anxiety disorders and panic. If I don't click with her I will keep looking until I find the right dr. Life is too short to go through treatments that don't work.
Let's keep in touch, I would like to know how it goes for you - this is my last hope so I really hope it works,.