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Re: in defense of CBT

Posted by Dinah on January 25, 2002, at 9:33:21

In reply to in defense of CBT, posted by sid on January 25, 2002, at 9:06:28

Actually, if you read this board you will find me frequently recommending CBT because both studies and my personal experience show that it works well for some disorders. The ironic part is that I hate it, at least in it's purest form. Whenever I read someone like Burns or when my therapist used to give me homework I would feel like I was a dog or seal being trained. I would want to balance a ball on my nose and clap my flippers. And it did make me feel bad about myself. It makes it sound like simple behaviorism and life's not like that.
That being said, there's no reason to throw out the baby with the bathwater. There is a lot of good common sense in CBT and I extract that part of it and leave the rest behind. I've learned to stay calm during a panic attack and deal with my OCD. There are certain things like agitated depression that CBT cannot touch. I've learned to work around what I cannot change and to change what I can. But I don't use pure CBT. I read a lot and skim over what irritates me. My therapist has learned to slip in CBT in a non-doctrinaire conversational style that doesn't irritate the heck out of me. And medication fills in where CBT can't help.




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