Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Conquering Fear (WSJ article)

For those, like me, who often find Cognitive Behavioral therapy unhelpful, you may be interested in the article in the Wall Street Journal's Health Journal on January 2 which describes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This type of therapy centers on being mindful of negative thoughts, but not necessarily forcing them to change or argue with them.

I've been working on being more mindful for a few years - it was why I switched therapists a few years ago because CBT wasn't working for me. My current therapist is more in lines with this philosophy. To be aware of my feelings, acknowledge them, try to describe them if I can, and then ultimately share them with someone in my life.

I find when I remember to do this - breathe, feel the feelings, describe them (with perhaps an analysis of why I feel them), and share them, I tend to feel better and am better able to manage my eating disorder symptoms.

The trick for me is to remember to be mindful...