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Are there work sheets so we can practice memorizing that.
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Perna, we'll have to agree to disagree! I know for a fact that I've been a fool and a loser in the past. This is a harsh judgement to make, but it's very, very true. And what you said about it not helping me? Wrong! It has helped me tremendously!! It motivated me to change when nothing else could. Life isn't all sunshine and rainbows. It's hard, it's ugly. Nothing will ever change that. And yes, some people are fools and losers. The person who keeps committing a mistake despite knowing that it'll adversely affect them in the future? That person is a fool. Despite how anyone may try to disguise this fact behind fancy terminology, a fool is a fool. A particular action does not a fool make? Does not the act of murder make that person a murderer? I rest my case. Enjoy my mistakes? So I should enjoy the mistake I made that cost my youngest brother his life? And don't tell me I wasn't to blame for my brother's death, you don't know anything about it. Many others, although well-meaning, have tried to convince me I wasn't to blame, but the plain fact is that I am!! This is a brutal truth to face, but it is a truth nonetheless, a cold, hard fact, as incontrovertible as the fact that rocks are hard, that the sky is blue. I don't run from harsh realities, I face them. It makes it easier for me to see what needs to be changed in my life. Not that making those changes is easy, but at least I know in no uncertain terms what I need to deal with. Perna, you have a certain way of viewing things. I don't tell you that you're wrong. Don't tell me I'm wrong!!!
Maybe for you, you really have done things that screwed things up....or have knowingly repeated mistakes and all that. However for a lot of people their problems don't really come down to mistakes they've made or not trying to fix things or whatever. Also there are mental conditions that can interfere with ones ability to cope with some harsh realities...Just the way it is, but not everyones experience is the same what is true for you may not be true for everyone else.
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Some of that stuff makes sense to me, but then there is a lot that just doesn't really describe my issues. Like I don't really think in black and white, shades of grey are my style...I do try to see the bright side of things(much of the time without success). I realize I have not failed at every single thing and obviously do some things right since some people care and will spend time with me but I still feel like crap about myself. I guess for me the depression is more of a feeling than a flawed thought process...I mean don't get me wrong sometimes my thinking does resemble some of what was described, though its not always a distortion...without any distortions my life isn't to great and doesn't seem likely to improve I don't think that is me being negative I think its realistic. But it feels like no matter how much I might try to view a situation differently, look at the brightside and all that stuff the painful depressed feeling is still there. Sort of difficult to explain.
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Are there work sheets so we can practice memorizing that.
Good idea. Those are overwhelming in volume and complexity to me and I think to people like me who need time and practice activities to understand them and work with them effectively. Worksheets, games, quizzes, etc., based on the concepts and details would be so valuably helpful!!!
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Any of these books by Dr. David Burns, M.D., can be helpful and they're full of work sheets, quizzes and exercises.

Books | Feeling Good

I've personally used Feeling Good and Intimate Connections and highly recommend them. Feeling Good is especially helpful for depression and anxiety and Intimate Connection is great for shyness, meeting people, making friends and dating.

The information is laid out in a way that assists progress. I copied some of the worksheets and used them on a regular basis and somesychtimes I wrote directly in the book in pencil. If I begin to feel low or shy again, I pick up these books and starting reading and doing the worksheets. It really helps.
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Any of these books by Dr. David Burns, M.D., can be helpful and they're full of work sheets, quizzes and exercises.

Books | Feeling Good

I've personally used Feeling Good and Intimate Connections and highly recommend them. Feeling Good is especially helpful for depression and anxiety and Intimate Connection is great for shyness, meeting people, making friends and dating.

The information is laid out in a way that assists progress. I copied some of the worksheets and used them on a regular basis and somesychtimes I wrote directly in the book in pencil. If I begin to feel low or shy again, I pick up these books and starting reading and doing the worksheets. It really helps.
Did u get the ebooks or the paperbacks
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I have a hardback copy of Feeling Good and paperback copy of Intimate Connections. Whatever book type you enjoy most would work.
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I have a hardback copy of Feeling Good and paperback copy of Intimate Connections. Whatever book type you enjoy most would work.
I got the ebook version. Problem was when I used a Sharpie to fill in the worksheets...
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I have to mention that I've sort of always known of such "distortion" types and when I met with Burns' book I hem-hawed it.



That was until I was able to separate myself from these distortions. My issue was that I was so consumed with one or more of these 10 at any given time that I couldn't "back up" and see it. I separated myself using meds...I had never used meds before and considered them as crutches for the "weak". Well, meds in my case simply help my brain take a pause. Before I react to things now I take a pause think about it and then decide what to do. Now, this distortions list is near me always and as I prepare to act or react to things I skim the list and look for pitfalls.



One more trick, as if you asked me: I've been journaling for three years now and I use that many times to write into my journal my immediate reactions or thoughts to something and then its "out of me". After that I seem to decide a little better.



I would suggest that this list stays in your purse, planner, wallet, whatever. and before or as these feelings come, grab that list. At least you'll pause to read it.
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Here are the basic distortions. They aren't a "therapy" to use and then forget... but habits of thinking that we need to "check' ourselves on for "life." Following this is a list of how to "untwist" such thinking. Good wishes!

1) ALL OR NOTHING THINKING

2) OVER-GENERALIZATION

3) MENTAL FILTER

4) DISQUALIFYING THE POSITIVE

5) JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS:

6) MAGNIFICATION (CASTASTROPHIZING) OR MINIMIZATION

7) EMOTIONAL REASONING

8) SHOULD STATEMENTS

9) LABELING AND MISLABELING

10) PERSONALIZATION
I suffer from every single one of these twisted patterns of thinking. Every single one.

GAD/OCD/SAD sufferer my whole life. This must go hand in hand with these disorders - Which I believe all stem from a low self esteem.

I've been tortured by this brain of mine for 30 something years now and am out of ideas of what to do.
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