I’ve never shied away from the fact I’ve battled over the years with depression and anxiety, I am a working progress like most people are. I always feel I have to work that little bit harder having a Disabilty already having a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy a Progressive muscle wasting disorder comes with it’s own Battle!
Adding Depression and anxiety your world can feel very close in as you can’t just getting up and go for a walk to clear your head and thoughts, which can sometimes make you feel worse slipping into a dark place you can’t find a way out of.
For the last month now I’ve been attending a weekly sessions of Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) it’s a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
So for me it’s a win win dealing with my depression, anxiety as well a dealing with what I face day to day living with muscular dystrophy.
How does CBT work:
CBT is based on the concept that your feelings, thoughts, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can keep you trapped in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with your overwhelming thoughts in a more positive way by breaking them down making them smaller.
You’re shown ways to change the negative patterns to improve the way your feeling. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT focuses on your current problems rather than past. It looks at practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
I’m now on my 4 week and everything is going well it was definitely hard the first few weeks very emotional and tough as I thought I had everything under control but it turns out what I thought i had under control I really didn’t.
The changes to my body newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and the weakness I was facing with muscular dystrophy I’d unhealthy locked away all came flooding out. Moving on to the present day the therapist decided that instead of me going in weekly she would try me at fortnightly giving me my homework to practice and use seeing if everything we had spoken about and I’d learnt could be put into action and I was able to change my thought process on the days I really struggling.
I’m still a working progress but I’m learning I’m worth that process!
Have you had CBT therapy before or are you waiting for it?? Tell me your experiences good or bad.