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I Am Interested In Cognitive Therapy Versus Medication

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    Eclectic Approach

    Cognitive therapy works well in helping to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.  Where counseling and therapy can benefit more than medication I agree with the approach.  I would much rather learn and think my way through things than pop another pill.  I have had...
    rubyetuesday rubyetuesday 56-60, F May 23, 2012

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    Combination

    As most of the research says I think that a combination of both works best. Medication can help to relieve some of the physical symptoms of a disorder whereas cognitive therapy deals with the emotions and behaviours.
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 10, 2008

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    Cause Vs. Symptom

    personally, i believe that therapy works to understand causes and the effects they produce medication, however, seeks only to temporarily tame the effect or symptom modern medicine is a sham based on addiction if there is a problem to be solved, understanding the cause...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 3, 2008

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    Can't It Be Both?

    Cognitive therapy is great.  David Burns, MD book, "Feeling Good Handbook", made a huge difference in my understanding of my negative thinking.  Logically pointing out  erroneous thinking was what I needed.  I had a lot of twisted thinking going on: All or...
    Tsavorite Tsavorite 51-55, F Oct 22, 2010

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    Medication Vs Counselling

    i definitely dont believe in medication as a cure - check out socialaudit.com for some answers, medication is just a way of brushing true problems with inadequate services for mental ilnesses underenath the carpet and in the longterm only makes the problem worse
    Donalh Donalh 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 8, 2008

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    Cognitive Therapy

    Cognitive therapy is meant to be a complimentary therapy I believe. I found it really helped me to change my thinking. It enabled me to really consider my thoughts and question the truth of how I was thinking. I really enjoyed this book for that reason. I think everyone...
    brightfuture brightfuture 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 27, 2010

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    First Timer For Cognitive Therapy

    i have suffered terrible bouts of depression on off for years...this last bout has lasted now for just over 2 years...it has ruined me by losing my job...and a relationship...i hardly leave home now due to panic attacks...my depression stems from years of child abuse.. i never...
    starlitz starlitz 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 12, 2011

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    Drwho1963 Drwho1963 51-55, M Jun 23

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    Bpd?

    What about mental issues like Borderline Personality Disorder? I know there are no direct medications specifically for BPD, so can cognitive therapy actually cure that without medication at all? I really hate medication and if there is any such form of therapy, it would be...
    hoping2live hoping2live 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 28, 2010

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    Cognitive Therapy Works!

    I suffer from clinical depression - there are two sides to it. There is the physiology (chemical imbalance) and the psychology. I tried traditional therapy combined with medication - and it didn't help at all - my problems were not in the past - they were based in how my...
    Flugelblues Flugelblues 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 14, 2008

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    Cognitive Therapy

    I have been in therapy for a while, but I have to have meds as well. Depression is real. And cannot be controlled without therapy and meds. So is bi-polar disorder. You need to talk and have meds to get your head on right.
    Callalilly Callalilly 61-65, F 12 Responses Aug 12, 2011

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    http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Was-Bullied/4606483 Read this first, this is basically part one of the story. Sorry this is long, & kinda venting. My therapist has started...
    njgirll njgirll 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 7

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    Music defines me and this is not a sound track. So, I whiched gears and moved to more of a me topic today. The Song that has been the most stressed and stressful song since I was a...
    intheair2nite intheair2nite 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 8

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    Revolution by Russell Brand review – soft-soap therapy when we need a harder edge His tract is heavy going, light on politics and, in places, beyond parody. Has the leader of the...
    sogdianrock sogdianrock 51-55, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Go to therapy if you are starting to feel you can´t carry on and you have no idea how to escape. If you feel you are loosing control, if you are too tired, too confused, too...
    Ankokushin Ankokushin 26-30, M Oct 13

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    I used to see a shrink. My mom decided to take me to a shrink because I was drinking and being reckless. I could tell their was nothing wrong with me I could tell the shrink knew...
    loladial loladial 16-17, F Sep 28

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    I was in therapy for many years in junior high and high school. I had some serious issues around isolation and loneliness. I was depressed, horribly bullied, and miserable. Fat and...
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    All your two-bit psychiatrists are giving you electro shock They say, they let you live at home, with mom and dad Instead of mental hospital But every time you tried to read a book...
    dontcareforlabels dontcareforlabels 41-45, M Sep 29

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    Tattoos have become another form of therapy for me. Using this pretty fun distraction skill has also helped improve my own artwork(also having an amazing tattoo artist). A healthy...
    azzalyss azzalyss 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 30

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    This is not ******* fair first off. I'm a very decent person and I have never had a physical addiction before. I am a full time worker along with being a full time college student...
    vermillion2333 vermillion2333 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 2

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    http://youtu.be/FtkCjcgejw0 Lost in love by Air Supply therapy for the broken hearted today, may all those hurting right now know I care for you and you are blessings to us.
    snowman70 snowman70 41-45, M Oct 12

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    Day one : Woke up easily with no feelings of anxiety. Feels lightheaded and blurry. Emotion : numb, when thinking about sadness and embarrassing situations I don't feel as...
    Concerto Concerto 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 12

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    I'm quitting the medication today, can't stand the chest pain and the heart beating too loud, this is too tiring :/ It's as if I've ran a marathon! I don't care what the doctor...
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    I have a thirst for knowledge about everything and how everything in existence work. I'm always open for new things and new experiences. It's not about things that I like or don't...
    Stripkip Stripkip 26-30 Sep 22

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    Is anyone else? would anyone like to discuss mysteries, human origins? philosophies and what not? I am always interested in hearing philosophies.
    Artimas Artimas 18-21, M 5 Responses Sep 30

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    I'm interested in vampires. Idk why..
    kellylopez kellylopez 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    I am only 14 but I'm hoping to study the application of social science at university when I leave school, I am interested in psychology and mental health and I'm looking forward to...
    amyyisafgt amyyisafgt 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 9

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    Not sure what to say or feel about this exactly. A young guy - 30 yrs younger is interested in me. He has one child. His wife died. He lives miles away. I've dated younger guys...
    lutqueet lutqueet 56-60, F 2 Responses Oct 13

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    hey all you pervs out on ep.. im not interested in any conversation with you (just because im a female or im an indian doesnt mean you should message me ... so DO NOT send me any...
    simplychat simplychat 26-30, F 6 days ago

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    I'd be interested in talking to a couple about it
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    Back in 2001 I saw an apparition, she wore a long white dress and floated past the van I was in. Then in 2002, as I was walking into my unit, I felt someone watching me, as I...
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    On October 21, 1975, Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hits a homer off the left-field pole to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth game of the World Series. The Sox went on to...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 4 hrs ago

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    Thus i know more about the brain and human behaviour than 99,73% of people
    bigmisterdarkness bigmisterdarkness 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 8

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    Sometimes the sharp, illuminating rays can be annoying at 7 am lol And idk its something abt clouds that comfort me. :)
    beebetree3 beebetree3 22-25, F Sep 28

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    "Mr Pharmacist to ease your mind, you better stock me up for the winter time"
    dontcareforlabels dontcareforlabels 41-45, M Sep 24

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    6 pills a day.One to shrink the prostate. One statin. One aspirin to thin the blood and 3 to reduce the blood pressure.
    Wulfstan Wulfstan 70+, M Sep 28

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    Two pills for depression, one for anxiety, four for chronic migraine, two for nerve damage from seizures, need to get back on my seizure meds.. meh. I want to take meds for my body...
    Jbranch14 Jbranch14 18-21, F Oct 4

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    I was put on lamictal-25mgs-a small dose in 2012. Have bipolar one. Changed my life-for the better. Was having..800 mood swings a day..slowly upped through out the years to 100mgs...
    cherryjar cherryjar 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 4

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    20mg of Paroxatine every morming: am addicted, since 09. Cant get off them
    LDR8 LDR8 26-30, F Oct 6

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    So two weeks ago I quit my depression meds. I feel way better. Not so damn whimpy. lol I've been off and on depression meds since I was 11 yrs old. I always put myself off and on...
    SadisticPsychoBitch SadisticPsychoBitch 31-35, F Oct 8

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    I stopped, which is just about the worst thing possible to do, but i did. Now, it's affecting me and I can't deal with it. I can't help but feeling like Craig Gilner in It's Kind...
    unknxnc unknxnc 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 11

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    Anafranil 25 mg Clomipramin. Hydrochl. What is it made of? The psychiatrist said this for cure of depression and also OCD. It makes me feel better he said take one pill before...
    Concerto Concerto 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 12

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    Shout out to all those anti-anxiety users that have to go through those horrible side effects
    GetYourFreakOn GetYourFreakOn 16-17, F a week ago

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    Day 2 : constant beating of heart louder than usual, mild panic attacks. Dry mouth, drowsiness, sleepiness Mood's stabled So far so good :)
    Concerto Concerto 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    The anti-depressant is working now after four damn hours and a mild panic attack I wrote a story for an old friend. Note : Don't trust the doctor, research more into the drug's...
    Concerto Concerto 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Today the heart beating is worse, it's louder when I have no distractions. I wonder would this make things worse? It's supposed to help with depression and OCD, but why does it...
    Concerto Concerto 22-25, F 6 days ago

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