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HI I AM ON TWO MEDICATIONS FOR DEPRESSION.I ALSO AM ON KLONOPI

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HI XXXXX TWO MEDICATIONS FOR DEPRESSION.I ALSO AM ON KLONOPIN 8MG PER/DAYI STILL HAVE ANXIETY SO BAD I MAY GET BLURRED VISION,IF READING,I HAVE TROUBLE REMEMBERING WHAT I READ.I CAN BE JUST NOT PRESENT....MARTY
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Norman M. replied 6 years ago.
Hello and thanks for visiting JA.


First, you may want to talk to your Doctor so that he can review your medication and dosage. Secondly, very often, medication is not always the complete answer. Medication and therapy together seem to be much more effective.

Anxiety and panic are often caused by inaccurate perceptions of our environment and the people and situations we interact with, and if you can begin to correct that, you are well on the way to success.

Therefore, I’m going to suggest that you would benefit greatly from a course of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a form of therapy that addresses problems in a direct and targeted way and is brief compared with most other therapies.

CBT is based on the fact that what we think in any given situation generates beliefs about, and reactions to that situation, and also cause the behaviour and feelings which flow from those beliefs and reactions.

These ‘automatic thoughts’ are so fast that generally, we are unaware that we have even had them. We call them ANTS (automatic negative thoughts) for short.

If the pattern of thinking we use, or our beliefs about our situation are even slightly distorted,

the resulting emotions and actions that flow from them can be extremely negative and unhelpful. The object of CBT is to identify these ‘automatic thoughts’ then to re-adjust our thoughts and beliefs so that they are entirely realistic and correspond to the realities of our lives, and that therefore, the resulting emotions, feelings and actions we have will be more useful and helpful.

Cognitive therapists do not usually interpret or seek for unconscious motivations but bring cognitions and beliefs into the current focus of attention and through guided discovery encourage clients to gently re-evaluate their thinking.

Therapy is not seen as something “done to” the client. CBT is not about trying to prove a client wrong and the therapist right, or getting into unhelpful debates. Through collaboration, questioning and re-evaluating their views, clients come to see for themselves that there are alternatives and that they can change.

Clients try things out in between therapy sessions, putting what has been learned into practice, learning how therapy translates into real life improvement.

Please visit this website for much more detailed information on CBT:

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfoforall/treatments/cbt.aspx

If you cannot afford to see a therapist, there are good free CBT based self-help resources here:

http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/cbtstep1.htm

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