ethernight
the MoodGYM
August 27th, 2008 05:37 pm
Someone over at the polyweekly forums posted a link to an online Cognitive Behavior Therapy course called the the MoodGYM. I've been intrigued about Cognitive Behavior Therapy for awhile, since suburban_gypsy talks about it often. My understanding is that it is a pragmatic approach to dealing with destructive thought and behavior patterns.

The Mood Gym is a flash course that includes some diagnostic quizzes, explains some of the common patterns that people fall into, and provides tools for combating them. It is pretty lengthy (and a tad on the cheesy side,) so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it unless you either have an interest in cognitive behavior therapy, or struggle with depression or anxiety.

Here are some highlights for those of you who don't feel like going through the whole course. (You need to create a new account here before you can view these pages.)

* David Burns' Warped Thoughts
* Hints for Unwarping
* "Playing the Reporter (worksheet)
* Increase positive self-interpretations (worksheet)
* Testing thoughts & interpretations (worksheet)
* Experiment to prove or disprove your interpretations
* "Self-Talking"
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From:rednikki
Date:August 28th, 2008 - 03:01 am
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Cognitive behavioral therapy is great for depression. Unfortunately, not terribly effective for anxiety.
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From:nix_nevermind
Date:August 28th, 2008 - 05:30 am
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I know this isn't relevant, but I've been wanting to tell you all day- last night I dreamed that you and I were talking, and you wondered aloud why you and I seem to care so much about truth when it seems that so many people care little for it. In what seemed like a flush of revelation, I said it's because we love life, and because of that we want only to see it as it is.

It sounds so simple, and I know the connection I drew between truth and love might only exist in my own head, but when I wonder why truth matters so much to me, this is always one of the first answers that leap to mind.
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From:ethernight
Date:August 28th, 2008 - 06:01 am
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That is beautiful.
From:nix_nevermind
Date:August 28th, 2008 - 11:05 am
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I am very glad that it pleases you.
From:nix_nevermind
Date:August 28th, 2008 - 05:32 am
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Ack! I meant to reply to the OP! Sorry about that!
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From:rednikki
Date:August 28th, 2008 - 05:33 am
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It's all good! :-)
From:the_xtina
Date:August 28th, 2008 - 09:44 pm
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How or why not?
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From:rednikki
Date:August 28th, 2008 - 11:33 pm
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Huh. I've been told by three different cognitive behavioral therapists to go on meds for anxiety because CBT is entirely ineffective for it. This is not supported by the studies I'm digging up. Which makes me wonder why said therapists are saying it's ineffective.
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