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shite or no shite?
but don't think he's here all that much. sounded nightmarish though. waiting ages for perfunctory responses.
Yeah, it's shite. Exasperating and a waste of time.
Some people find cCBT good. Some people don't. That shows in the evidence I've seen.
If it's been recommended by a health professional, then it sounds sensible and worth investigating. It's a commonly used and effective way to help with several mh issues.
If you're interested in it, then speak to your gp or therapist.
DiS is great in many ways but there are better resources out there, as well as trained health pros.
All the best!
or a course?
i was recommended the latter, and it did nothing for me. but then nothing i've been recommended cbt wise has. (not actually had any face to face sessions though - just told about things to try by my counsellor)
If you don't mind answering, what is the course for? eg. Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, substance abuse?
The only reason I ask is that there are lots of online CBT courses and some are great and some are not so great. They tend to be slightly more effective if you've been assessed by a psychiatrist / clinical psychologist rather than a GP. A GP won't necessarily get the nuances of a mental health issue and sometimes it's these nuances that get in the way of staying motivated and maximising the benefit of the course. They will sometimes recommend something all purpose, when you may need something more bespoke.
What I will say is that I've battled with mental health issues (primarily panic disorder and anxiety) for pretty much my entire life and it's only in the last year where I fully addressed everything, a lot of which was online and with a remote therapist. I can reassure you that if you fully commit to the process and push yourself to keep on with it, you will see the benefit. I am proud to say that I did so, and these are no longer issues for me. It does work, but you only get out of it as much as you put in.
Be clear about your expectations and reasonable about what you're expecting of yourself. Don't aim to never feel shit again, aim to know that you'll cope if and when it happens. Forgiving yourself for being human and having emotions is a hugely important thing to do.
If you're comfortable with doing so, let me know what it is you're battling and I can help you out in whatever way I can.
Take care of yourself and don't give up!
say it's a pretty irresponsible cost-cutting measure. But then they're probably biased. It does seem pretty bleak to try and get therapy from a computer.
within 20 minutes of speaking to my therapist online they'd convinced me I had Aspergers and urged me to speak to my GP about getting assessed. I felt massively stupidly when I actually had that conversation.
once you factor in the license cost (it's a commercial product) and the costs of integrating it within the system, it can come out quite similar to regular CBT. However there's evidence to suggest that in some conditions it's superior (more effective, at same cost).
A cost saving is the time off work (or losing employment, which is a big issue) because cCBT/iCBT can be undertaken in someone's own time, in and around their work. But that doesn't fall on the NHS, but can be a significant benefit for people.
Also, cCBT brings in consistency in delivery, because face to face therapy is very much driven by the ability/quality of the therapist (the therapist effect)
The issue is how it's integrated within a coherent system of diagnosis, follow up etc. Things have improved but are clearly still not good enough for the needs of many people.
I can completely understand why people (including therapists) are skeptical about cCBT, but the evidence supporting it is significant.
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