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Experience:  Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology with a background in treating severe mental illnesses.
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If you can give me some good advise.

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If you can give me some good advise.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 2 years ago.

*This website DOES NOT constitute treatment and only provides information and advice. For treatment (therapy and/or medications) you must go to a licensed professional in your area. Please note that anything said here is not private or confidential, as this is a public forum.

Hello, what is your specific mental health question that you would like an answer to?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
What can you do to relieve yourself from dwelling on an issue and not getting depressed about it when you are already on Celexa?
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 2 years ago.

What you are describing is called brooding and this is common with most depressive disorders. This is where you dwell on an issue in the past or present, but this reflective thought process becomes an obsession and only makes your symptoms worse. A good treatment for this would be through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT has a premise that your symptoms are caused by negative thoughts, so if we change your thought process to be more positive and objective, then your symptoms will lessen as well. Here are a few techniques of CBT that may be useful for you to use.

So this link may help you, it contains a technique I use with patients called a thought record. It will help you keep track of any negative thoughts you have. You put the negative thought on paper, the emotion accompanying, the evidence to support it, and the evidence against it. Then I want you to come up with an alternative thought for the situation (more objective and plausible). This will help you change your way of thinking to be able to think more positive and not automatically go to a negative type of thinking.

http://psychology.tools/cbt-thought-record.html

In addition, these two worksheets are very good at helping to lessen negative type thinking. It can help you focus on the big picture and the objective/positive thoughts and outcomes.

http://psychology.tools/decatastrophising.html

http://psychology.tools/what-if.html

In addition, you should look into these CBT free websites as well.

https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

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

Expert:  Dr. Z replied 2 years ago.

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