CBT DIARIES | Sessions 8-12: Life After CBT

The fact that I “have” anxiety does not make me a failure at being a human. And I don’t “have” anxiety because of some personal failing. Anxiety is just a part of me–a part of everyone, really. The goal has never been to eliminate it completely, but to learn to manage and tolerate it. Continue reading CBT DIARIES | Sessions 8-12: Life After CBT

SILVER LININGS AND SPILLED LUNCHES | Today I rolled with the punches

If you’ve been following my CBT Diaries series, then you may remember that there’s a cognitive distortion called “catastrophizing.” In a nutshell, it means predicting that some “worst case scenario” cascade of events will occur in a given situation. 

Most of the time, the worst case scenario doesn’t happen.

BUT TODAY IT DID.  Continue reading SILVER LININGS AND SPILLED LUNCHES | Today I rolled with the punches

CBT Diaries | Session 3: F*ck you, brain bully!

The magic started to happen this week, because after learning about cognitive distortions, the real goal is to challenge those distortions with a more realistic thought process.

Countering a distortion involves asking healthier, more realistic questions to help pull you away from the brain bully’s toxic thought-vortex. Continue reading CBT Diaries | Session 3: F*ck you, brain bully!

CBT Diaries | Session 2: Cognitive distortions

Everyone has moments of wonky thinking. What is life if not a collection of subjective experiences? But people with social anxiety disorder (SAD) can be practically drowning in distortions (me) and this affects their well-being and mental health. And in the case of SAD, these distortions usually focus on our performance or what people think of us.  Continue reading CBT Diaries | Session 2: Cognitive distortions