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Re: Who's tried Mindfulness Meditation for Depression? SLS

Posted by baseball55 on December 5, 2017, at 21:19:45

In reply to Re: Who's tried Mindfulness Meditation for Depression? baseball55, posted by SLS on December 5, 2017, at 17:24:02

> That's part of it. Another part is to recognize the lies depression tells and that intrusive thoughts can be ignored rather than being taken seriously.
> Do you feel that CBT has any worth?
I don't know about CBT. I read, t my therapist's suggestion, a book with a CBT focus (can't recall the name) and I found it very unhelpful. It talked about depression as mostly situational responses to cognitive distortions - i.e., "my boss looked at me funny, I am a f**k-up," "my friend didn't return my call, she must think I', a f**k-up."

I had those kinds of thoughts, but they didn't make me depressed. If anything they gave me motivation to better myself. CBT tends to start from the premise that depression, anxiety, etc, are mostly caused by cognitive distortions, but my bouts of depression haven't been associated with cognitive distortions. I don't lie in bed thinking, I am a f**k up, nobody likes me, etc. I actually have pretty high self-esteem.

So I don't thing much of CBT. DBT is different The focus is less on cognition and more on behaviors that worsen/lessen depression. Like "doing the opposite" - forcing yourself to get out of bed and take a shower when you don't want to. Doing mindful activities - like walking back and forth counting your steps to focus your mind on something other than your mood.




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