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Old 30th December 2008, 20:22
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Has anyone had experience of being treated with CBT? Any help or advice will be great. An anxious: Princess 1982
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Old 30th December 2008, 22:31
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Has anyone had experience of being treated with CBT? Any help or advice will be great. An anxious: Princess 1982
I can only comment on "self cbt", which i learnt myself over a few months. It has help me greatly, in improving my confidence, getting rid of negative thought patterns and allowing me to get to a more better standard of social life.

CBT that i did, retrained my brain. To respond to social situations/setting more better and not be so anxious. It took a few months for any progress and it takes a lot of practice to change your thought patterns.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogniti...vioral_therapy

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Old 30th December 2008, 23:08
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I can only comment on "self cbt", which i learnt myself over a few months.
Hey that's insane, I didn't know you could do it yourself with success. I'm going to have to try it. Did you use any specific books or other resources to help you with it?
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Old 30th December 2008, 23:38
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Hey that's insane, I didn't know you could do it yourself with success. I'm going to have to try it. Did you use any specific books or other resources to help you with it?
I used this course, which worked really well for me

http://www.socialanxietyinstitute.org/audioseries.html
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Old 31st December 2008, 09:32
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Can you buy the cassettes from the UK? Everything is advertised in $$$$$
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Old 31st December 2008, 14:00
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I think i can state what the aim of CBT is . It doesn't deny that negative social stuff happens it shows to you that these things happen not for the reasons you think they do . And thats the reason for your lack of success . You keep trying to fix or worry about problems you dont have ! CBT helps you find your true problems and fix them.
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Old 31st December 2008, 20:36
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You can try this online audio CBT:

http://www.livinglifetothefull.com/
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Old 1st January 2009, 00:33
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CBT has worked for me - I don't think its anything to be frightened of - if you are looking to change how you are - how you feel then it is a good thing to try. I think you should approach anything with an open mind - and be realistic - not everything works for everyone - it might not work the first time you try it - simply - you look at what you are thinking, what you are feeling, internal rules that you live by but may not be very aware of - and then you gradually try and change the things that are holding you back. If self help doesn't work for you, I would really recommend finding a counselor or therapist who you feel comfortable with - personally I think for social anxiety you need someone who will push you to relate to them - give it a go - but I think the most important thing if you really want to change is to keep trying - and keep trying - and keep trying! Good luck!
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Old 1st January 2009, 01:14
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With a good clinical psychologist it's a lot of hard work over a long period of time.
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Old 1st January 2009, 04:38
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Has anyone had experience of being treated with CBT? Any help or advice will be great. An anxious: Princess 1982

I was on the blower to some bird last week on that phone in job "Breathing space" Samaritans sort of.

Anyway she was no help as she was v critical of me and running me down.

She said My devolved Govt are rolling out the funding to try and get more folk like me CBT. She said the govt wants to challenge negative thinkers like me.

The thing is I just think what they think is negative thinking is anyone who won't tow the line and doff their cap to the status quo. Ie me. I don't bow to authority very easily.

A shrink once told me i had an underlying positive attitude despite my morbid shyness. And no shrink has ever been willing to say their is anything mentally wrong with me and I'm v sane according to them.

I'm just different and I think we should celebrate that than thinking it's us thats wrong all the time.

I'm a fine human being and I'm actually bloody ok most of the time. I'm just dead single though.
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Old 1st January 2009, 13:40
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I'm doing cbt right now... it basically involves you facing your fears, like for me anxiety about going out alone, round the shops etc....
he explains how anxiety works and what not and gradually exposing yourself to going out alone. Im taking tiny steps, they are really beneficial and its helping.

The cbt is more about what you 'do' than what you 'feel'....
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Old 1st January 2009, 15:49
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Thumbs up CBT - Thanks!

Wow, I am grateful for all the responses, personal experiences and advice regarding my question about CBT.

It feels good being a member of this site. Everyone has insightful information and hearing from people who are also trying or have tried CBT has given me hope. Its starting to help me face my problem - Social Anxiety.

We shall see what 2009 can bring to my life.

Princess.
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Old 7th January 2009, 16:46
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You can try this online audio CBT:

http://www.livinglifetothefull.com/
Is this all free and any good?

I might try it later
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Old 7th January 2009, 19:22
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Is this all free and any good?

I might try it later
i did try it but didn't satisfy me..i have got some real stuff if u want them i can send you...
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Old 7th January 2009, 21:46
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Please very interested in which ones you found benificial
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Old 2nd May 2009, 08:29
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I'm doing cbt right now... it basically involves you facing your fears, like for me anxiety about going out alone, round the shops etc....
he explains how anxiety works and what not and gradually exposing yourself to going out alone. Im taking tiny steps, they are really beneficial and its helping.

The cbt is more about what you 'do' than what you 'feel'....
The exposures and countering my thoughts in the TEA forms have helped me immensely. You nailed it when you said that CBT is mor about what you do than what you feel
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Old 14th May 2009, 03:31
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Has anyone had experience of being treated with CBT? Any help or advice will be great. An anxious: Princess 1982
I recently finished a CBT group and it helped me a lot. You have to work pretty hard at the exercises between sessions but they help a great deal. Countering my thoughts in the TEA form exercise opened up my mind and a new (less anxious) world to me
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Old 16th May 2009, 22:20
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CBT is a good approach but requires fairly large amounts of FAITH and PERSISTENCE. You need faith that it is gonna work for you and persistence to keep going during the low times.

The most effective way to deal with social anxiety is to neutralize the EMOTIONAL component which makes things a hell of a lot easier.

Check out my site for a great tool to help you do this

Take it easy

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Old 18th May 2009, 20:46
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Countering your thoughts and learning new ways of thinking that cause less anxiety. A lot of self discipline helps.
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Old 13th June 2009, 16:28
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Countering your thoughts and learning new ways of thinking that cause less anxiety. A lot of self discipline helps.
Self-discipline certainly does help because the more work we are able to do on ourselves the better our results are likely to be.
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Old 25th June 2009, 18:01
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I was never great at self-discipline myself, but what helps me is putting them into my daily schedule then i tend to do them if i have that as a reminder. There definitely has been a cumulative effect for me.
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Old 30th June 2009, 03:04
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Good for you and good luck lone dog. Once you buy into the counter thoughts it does start to reduce your anxieties a lot. Maybe you need help coming up with objective counter thoughts to buy into?
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Old 14th July 2009, 01:41
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Countering your thoughts and learning new ways of thinking that cause less anxiety. A lot of self discipline helps.
That is so right on the money. The better I am at being self disciplined about countering my thoughts in my TEA forms the more progress I make but I have a hard time sticking with them at times despite how much they help me. I tend to get complacent when things are going well and more diligent when I am in need of a boost:rolleyes:
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Old 14th July 2009, 23:10
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I've been thinking of trying proper CBT myself. Would probably go private if I can afford it.

I tried livinglifetothefull.com but wasn't too impressed. It is a good resource but I found the guy just too boring! Saying that I was pretty frustrated at the time.

Another online one is Moodgym (http://moodgym.anu.edu.au)This is quite good.
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Old 22nd July 2009, 11:51
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Hi there. I've also experienced the CBT. It really works! I found on the internet the online anxiety help which has the basis of the CBT and this CBT is given in a very intresting and easy way. This is where you can get to know more http://anxiety.coachteam.com I think that everything begins with your thoughts or cognitive action. By changing this one you can change a lot in your behaviour. I reduced my anxiety to meet new people and have a long term relationship with the help of this. Do you think that changing thoughts can change your habits?
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Old 31st July 2009, 04:46
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There is no doubt in my mind that changing how you process your thoughts can change your habits The key is to stay on top of the thought countering exercises like your TEA forms because it took years to form the bad habits so they won't disappear forever without practice for awhile. The good news is you get a lot of initial relief pretty quickly
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Old 9th August 2009, 19:16
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There is no doubt in my mind that changing how you process your thoughts can change your habits The key is to stay on top of the thought countering exercises like your TEA forms because it took years to form the bad habits so they won't disappear forever without practice for awhile. The good news is you get a lot of initial relief pretty quickly
Here, here Celine

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Persistence pays when it comes to CBT in my experience
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Old 12th August 2009, 00:31
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I've done CBT, and it's helped me a lot. It worked best when I was with a Dr who really insisted on me changing my thought patterns, and really that was quite a revelation: finding out that I can learn to think (and feel) differently about a situation than I had for years.

On the other hand, once progress slowed down, I got depressed... It's never simple, is it? At least now I can use this technique and give advice to other people on how to feel less down, because lots of people can benefit from seeing things differently. I know some will say that you can't be your natural self anymore, if you've got to question your beliefs: that's true, it can be uncomfortable (but maybe it's the price for success?).
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Old 29th August 2009, 20:45
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Great post with a lot of good info Tim Ed. My understanding is that to get the most out of CBT you have to keep countering your thoughts in the TEA forms even after you start to feel good again. The way it was explained to me is that your outlook was formed over many years and though dramatic changes can come pretty quickly, for them to stick they have to be used regularly or the old ways of thinking will overtake them eventually and you'll be back to square one again.
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Old 10th September 2009, 01:25
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Great post with a lot of good info Tim Ed. My understanding is that to get the most out of CBT you have to keep countering your thoughts in the TEA forms even after you start to feel good again. The way it was explained to me is that your outlook was formed over many years and though dramatic changes can come pretty quickly, for them to stick they have to be used regularly or the old ways of thinking will overtake them eventually and you'll be back to square one again.
I would wholeheartedly agree with this, especially that last portion
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