Assessed

May 29, 2007 at 1:54 pm 4 comments

I’ve now been assessed by the Elusive Psychologist. Thanks to the disinhibition of sleep deprivation, I essentially gabbled at her for an hour or so about various things like my family, my father, being bullied, hallucinating, taking drugs, etc. etc.

The result of this is: She’s recommending Cognitive Analytic Therapy. It’s also known as CAT (“Im in ur mind, fixin ur psyky.”). There is, of course, a huge waiting list for this, possibly up to a year.

So, I’ve also been put forward for a randomised study. I could end up with CBT or standard intervention style therapy as well as CAT, because it’s, well, randomised, but it promises to be a lot faster than sitting on the waiting list.

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  • 1. puddlejumper  |  May 29, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    I’m in at the beginning of CBT at the moment. (I waited over six months for my first appt) So far so good. We’re still at the poking around to see how the land lies but I’m reliably told its one of the best “talking therapies” around. No digging over the past just figuring out what is problematic now and help to identify ways to cope better.

    Will let you know how it progresses.

  • 2. patientanonymous  |  May 30, 2007 at 1:37 am

    I did some very simple and initial CBT while inpatient recently and found it kind of intriguing. So far all I’ve done with my current therapist is “delve into the past” and we really haven’t worked on any sort of coping strategies or mechanisms or anything that will really help me in the here and now that CBT sort of addresses.

    It’s good to hear that things are moving along…albeit slowly. Shit, you sound like me trying to find a bloody psychiatrist.

  • 3. katm  |  May 30, 2007 at 3:56 am

    CBT has its place in the grand scheme of things. I’ve done some CBT skills and they are helpful in some situations. I’ve done DBT as well and it’s been helpful in some situations.

    I prefer a multi-dimensional approach where you use what works for the situation. But meh… that’s just my strangeness.

  • 4. experimental chimp  |  May 30, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    So I might end up doing some CBT, but hopefully not. (I’ve tried some computer-based CBT and found it doesn’t really apply to me in many ways). The plan is to do CAT, which seems to be a weird mixture of things. I’m giving it a shot, but I’m not convinced therapy of any kind will be helpful for me. I’d like to be proved wrong, though.

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Hi, I'm James. I'm a 26 year old guy from England with bipolar disorder (currently well controlled). I also have a circadian rhythm sleep disorder (not so well controlled). This blog has charted my journey from mental illness, through diagnosis and, recently, into recovery. It's not always easy, but then, what is?

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