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When I first left my abusive ex, I was in a state and was so for a year. Now, a year on, I'm receiving proper therapy in the form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help me overcome my anxiety in places anxiety is not needed.
Leaving can be tough and it took me few times to finally pull the plug. But when I did and I got rid of a horrible infection in my water he gave me. I gained weight, ate well, took up my old hobby of drawing and gaming, and started to live my life again.
I'll never let another man treat me the way he did, for as long as I live, that is a promise I made to myself. Note from editor:
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
CBT cannot remove your problems, but can help you manage them in a more positive way. It encourages you to examine how your actions can affect how you think and feel.
CBT has been shown to be particularly helpful at tackling problems such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and drug misuse.
Unlike other types of talking treatments, such as psychotherapy, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
How CBT works
CBT works by helping you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts.
Your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, often trapping you in a negative spiral.
CBT helps you stop these negative cycles. It aims to break down factors that are making you feel bad, anxious or scared so that they are more manageable. It can show you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
(Information from http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Cognitive-behavioural-therapy/Pages/Introduction.aspx )