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CBT For bipolar



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Founding Member
Apr 22, 2008
Hi all,

Has anyone tried cbt and has it had any positive outcome / effects on their bipolar as i have brought a self help book book called cbt for dummies and am yet to start working through it.


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Founding Member
Mar 21, 2009
I've just started CBT and its terrifying me!! I'm not bipolar, I'm agoraphobic with severe anxiety and clinical depression (at least these are the things I've had them say!!) I've heard a few good reports and a few bad so I suppose as per usual its different for everyone. Apparently I've got too many negative thoughts and these need to be replaced by positive ones (tell me something I don't know!!) Hope you get on okay with the book. I might try that myself and see whats in store for me!!


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May 25, 2009
I'm about to start my first session of CBT next monday therefore I will watch this thread with great interest and hopefully be able to contribute to it in a few weeks time!


Nov 11, 2009
Give it a go.


I was on cognitive behavioural therapy for about six months. It makes you analyse yourself and makes you question your actions. For some it might be good but I think it made me relapse because it just started to confirm my belief systems.
So the jury is out really, but it might be good for you so give it a go, what have you got to lose. Just one piece of advice, follow the course (there was a lot of list writing and analysis on paper for me).:)


i couldnt do CBT, i tried it but it made me worse. my brain couldnt understand what i was expected to feel or change. i wasnt even listening in the end, going home and trying to deal with how it made me feel. it just got too much.

i think it was a step too far for me at that time. i need to do other therapies first and then come back to one like this, so i would give it another go.

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