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Don771 wrote:I am sure that others may have different experiences, but for what it's worth, it helped me a lot. I'm a Vietnam Vet who had some problems, and finally went to the VA for help about 5-6 years ago. (The experience was literally life saving!)
I first went through CPT - Cognitive Processing Therapy, which I understand has most of the same elements of CBT. I learned some tricks on how to recognize my problems, and how to analyze and "process" those problems. I still use those methods to help me day to day.
My VA therapist thought I still needed some work and had me go through Prolonged Exposure Therapy. It was extremely draining sometimes. Going over and over my bad memories and experience was not pleasant, but ultimately it got me back on track. The VA shrink said it was like watching a scary movie for the first time. There may be a scene that will scare you out of your seat, but if you see the same movie ten more times, it gets kind of dull seeing the same scene that bothered you the in the first viewing. I'm sure there is a more complex and better explanation on how it works, but I did get better. It was not a Eureka overnight moment, it was just a gradual improvement. The shrink recommended group therapy. I tried it, but wasn't too crazy about the group, so I dropped out. But I still see the same therapist every two or three months for tuneups, which seem to keep me on an even keel.
Good luck if you go through those programs. Don't give up. They do help.
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