There have been a lot of debates about CBT. Numerous of my blog friends have written about CBT. Sophie and I have come to the same conclusion. We have a lot of experience with pain management. What we need is the cause of the pain to be addressed. Like her, I’ve also been discharged from the care of a CBT practitioner. I’m sure there’s something that I could learn from her. But it’s not worth the time.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (aka CBT) is a great thing… for some people. In essence, it helps people who have bad habits form better habits by helping them conceptualize things in their life differently and then act based on the new premise. The problem for those of us with CFS/ME is that for us to have gotten this far probably means that we’ve already figured a lot of this out for ourselves. Plus, it doesn’t get at the root problem. Our pain is not caused by bad habits; it’s not self-inflicted, not even at the level of the subconscious. So at the end of the day, you can adapt to living with a broken arm all you want, but it’s still going to be broken.

Here’s a great way to look at CBT and CFS/ME:

this is probably worse than putting a penguin in an elephant gown

Just some thoughts from my experience,
Abigail

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Please seek attention from a licensed professional before you make a choice regarding treatment.

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