I’ve found the whole talk experience rather interesting.
My first meds doc said that part of the point of taking meds was to get you to the point where you could start talking to someone about stuff. My second meds doc never asked if I was seeing a therapist. My third meds doc agreed with the first.
My second doc was a dick.
My therapist and first doc explained that in many cases we’re wired for bipolar genetically. It’s often triggered by some trauma and once the breaker trips there’s no going back. This ultimately sends you on a bug hunt to figure out what the trauma was, which if you find it, it can bring you some closure and the ability to concentrate on surviving.
Cognitive therapy teaches you coping skills for dealing with, in my case, my bipolar disorder. It took a long time for me to accept the fact that it’s not entirely my fault for behaving the way I have. Some consider that copping out but hell, I’ll take any positive strokes where ever I can find them. It’s also helped me deal somewhat with the never ending cycle of meds; feel bad, new cocktail, side effects from new cocktail, tweaking new cocktail, tweaking new cocktail, tweaking new cocktail, living with new cocktail, experiencing new cocktail not working, leading to new cocktail. It’s also brought the recognition to me that this is not going away and that it’s degenerative; points on which I do not like to dwell.
But…cognitive therapy is good.
I also went through some Freudian therapy in the 80s. Calling it a joke is being kind. Anyone still practicing that crap should be drawn and quartered.
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Sowf Syde Mike.
QUOTING SOWF SYDE MIKE:
Cognitive therapy teaches you coping skills for dealing with, in my case, my bipolar disorder.
Have you ever tried SMART Recovery as a place to practice your cognitive therapy techniques?
Somewhere inside the web site — http://www.smartrecovery.org/ — one can probably still find many links leading to instruction in the therapeutic techniques of cognitive therapy. It’s spelled out clearly. To get the benefits, study and practice are required. To check out one’s progress, one can frequently go to SMART chats. I don’t recommend the day chats, however. They can be mainly goofing off and socializing. The more structured chats are for about an hour in the evening, and they’re moderated by the more knowledgeable people. They’re the only ones I found to be of much value.
I tried some of those structured evening chats, which are well-moderated and do stick to the principles of cognitive therapy. However, they definitely do focus on addiction. (For some of us this might be good, because we have had problems with alcohol or drug addiction.) You can define your own problem, however, and get tips on how to more successfully apply the techniques to your own situation. The principles remain the same, no matter what the problem may be. I quit the chat because I have certain cognitive impairments, and the chat simply went too fast for me. I liked it, however.
I was interested in the forum, in spite of the fact that it was about addiction. I learned a lot about how to use cognitive therapy by reading the forum. And I could do it at my own speed. <smile> I was so eager to learn it that I created an illustrated visual aid to remind me of how to apply the techniques.
This isn’t meant to replace face-to-face therapy. It’s an adjunct. However, it’s a rather good substitute if one simply can’t arrange individual talk therapy. If one respects reason and wants to take control of one’s own life, seems to me that cognitive therapy is rather a natural to be applied to the problems associated with bipolarity. Trust me. Neither the Thought Police nor the APA will come to get you if you practice it without actually having a therapist. <grin>