Our expert says:
"Affirmations" are not at all a routine part of CBT, which usually ocusses more on logical testing and revision of the negative thoughts and actions you have been engaging in. There is a load of good scientific evidence of the effectiveness of CBT in its usual forms ; I know of none in favour of Affirmations as such.
There could be a useful focus on each area where you experience the behaviours you need to stop, and on learning other and better ways to deal with those feelings of stress
I can't cmment on Cilift vs Fluoxetine in your case, as this would depend on a direct personal assessment by a psychiatrist and on a detailed history of how each of these have affected you up to now.
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