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Cognitive Therapy Feedback and Side Effects

Hello everyone,

One thing that I have found to be a very powerful way to cope with feelings of depression is to turn to the expressive arts for support. Music, art, poetry, etc., can be powerful ways to get your feelings out. I love songwriting and have written my most powerful stuff when I have felt the most down. I find that playing it for others (I am a therapist) helps them to see that they are not the only ones that feel that way sometimes.

Don't be afraid to share your feelings! You'll feel better!

Matt
Clinical Therapist
http://www.etherapycenter.com

Posted by: Matt at April 19, 2005 2:29 PM

This isn't really feedback. I just need to kinda write something and the blogger isn't working. I don't know what I have but it has to do with my sight. I can't focus on that much at all and I get intense migraines where I cannot feel my entire head. My appearance looks as thought I am schizophrenic and I thought/think I might be. But just because I think that.. makes me know that I am not. I think I am in a really miserable depression because I cannot function at all and so many controlling thoughts overwhelm my head the whole day and I feel so heavy on the ground due to my migraine. If someone could please let me know I'm not crazy, I would apreciate it. I don't know what else to do. I feel like I am living inside a "truman show" type atmosphere. It feels like I am on a crap load of halucinogenics. So yeah.. please email me or something? fphilx@cfl.rr.com
thanks.

Posted by: Felipe at December 13, 2005 4:22 PM

i just started therapy with a psychologists and i would like information on this subject, i would appreciate any help thank you.

Posted by: maria at February 9, 2006 12:35 PM

to all u people out there that suffer from gad..i recently met and fell in love with someone who suffered very badly from gad. he is on lexapro. the drug is wonderfull but adictive and i feel it prevents from much cognitive therapy wich we have been working on together. first and foremost start with the smallest fear that u have that prevents u from feeling human again. face it head on. my friend who is a young man felt like his world was crashing around him which made him feel old. he could not walk around the block without panicking that he wouldnt make it. today he is playing paddle ball and doing laps in the pool without feeling that heavy feeling of panic and fright.
dont b afraid to talk to your friends to get them to help u get through this tough time.start with somthing small and youll c with time ull feel like your old self again!!!! smile it takes the tension out of yur face and hug,, hugging relieves the stress in your body. so hug your friend, lovers and let them help u get rid of the plague that haunts u!!!

Posted by: betsy at July 3, 2006 2:37 AM

I'm slow to learn, i'm slow to change....I find this rollercoaster life both beautiful and strange. I try my best to sort things out, but at times i'm sort of clueless as to what this thing's about.

I've been wrong, and i've been used, but in light of the big picture, i'm still peaceful and amused...

I'm a prisoner of hope tonight, li-di-di-di-di-di-di-di....
With a reason to be faithful
Prisoner of hope tonight, li-di-di-di-di-di-di
With a reason to be grateful

Posted by: at July 15, 2006 5:18 PM

hi i have depression which i now live with, no more drugs. i found they just dulled my senses, and made me a yes person which of course just made it worse. The secret to living instead of feeling I was slowing dying was reading as much as i could about everything i felt uninformed about (politics,history, psychology,biographies etc) its very empowering personally. i believe my depression has been directly related to my ignorance, but i was always too busy doing the things i was meant to do in life, earning a living, doing something which I did not enjoy. unfortunately i live in a country australia which has no interest in truly educating its citizens, we live in an illusion of democracy. i guess being a poor female in a country with such wealth and resourses galls me. there is no solidarity between females on a large scale, and i feel there can be no peace on earth before every country has equality between the sexes, which will never happen when poor people have to pay for an education, which goes against the whole concept of democracy. I do believe depression is only anger turned inwards, and i beleive people are intuitive to everything I have just written, even when they can't communicate in words or ideas and this is depression. i think that will do for now. hope this is was understandable.

Posted by: joanne at April 3, 2007 2:26 AM

It may be a bit self serving but I have developed the following concept as a sort of theme for my own daily form of Cognitive Therapy.

I call it; "AWESOME Living!" Your thoughts will be AWESOME if you simple live with:

Acceptance, Within, Expectation1 of Self and Others in Mutual Enthusiasm.

Here are a few themes: Acceptance is the basis of the "put the oars in the boat" concept; Expectation1 implies a singular expectation of genuine effort within a desire to improve; self assessment and confidence coupled with team building and a shared objective; and finally, an excitement for the task. We don't necessarily have control over our accomplishments but we definitely have control of our efforts.

Honor and be inspired but what you are trying to do! ("Get Out of Bed and Go to Work! Commandment #5)

Enjoy your AWESOME Living!

Posted by: Lon Kieffer at March 3, 2008 12:01 AM

i have very bad depression ..... i cant pay attention..my head is always filled with scary thoughts of cancer and natural disasters... i cant lay down in a dark room by my self to go to sleep without feeling like im going crazy, no matter how tired i am...very unconfident....forget everything..on and on and on. my doctor prescribed me lexapro...im scared to take it because of the possibillity of thoughts o suiside and on top of that it could make the depression worse. does anyone out there have experience with this medicine..any suggestions

Posted by: tina at May 17, 2008 12:32 AM

I've suffered from depression for a long time. I found out I was pregnant and went off my meds.My husband is currently deployed and I am staying with his family. I have been suicidal in the past and now with recent fight within his family I feel like I'm in that same downward spiral. That dark I can't do anything right or fix anything void. I'm trying to seek help for me and my unborn child. But I fear retaliation from his family. I've miscarried twice and if they took custody from me I'd lose all will. So how do I get the help I need without them using it against me?

Posted by: Samantha at August 5, 2009 6:12 PM

I am a teenager,i got depressed since d day i lost my dad.any time i recall d incident i always get depressed.i need advise cos i don't know what 2 do.

Posted by: Honeycrown at September 22, 2009 10:10 AM

At the best state of my self I truly haven.t realized my potential. I was a yes persron for many years and tried to make it better for everyone else. Rejection from my mother on down countinually telling me i'll never amount to anything. I got in to many realationships based on needing self love. I now realize my pain, I'm not the girl i use to be. I am lost i need to regroup alone. I am damaged and I know it. Who can What Can Free me from this deep emotional hurricane.

Posted by: Mary at April 7, 2010 11:21 AM

Get Help

If you need help please visit www.hopeline.com or call 1-800-442-HOPE.

Demystifying Depression is a great article which helped me understand some of the ways depression was affecting me.

Start a Blog

Many people who are depressed simply lack the ability to channel their energies or express themselves. Sometimes just by writing things down it is easy to feel better about things that happen to you.

If you think expressing yourself or writing your thoughts down might help you then you may want to start a blog. Blogger is 100% free and easy to use.

Here is my friend Heather's Health Bee, which is about recovering from depression and other related illnesses.