Our expert says:
Well, maybe at least your easlier experience can suggest that the guy on the other end knew what you were going through, even if he was also having a bad day. I think they work etter as a source of advice about shrinks who can offer CBT, and of possible support groups in your area, than themselves offering direct help.
No competent shrink / psychologist / whoever, would try to persuade you that everything is fine and dandy. But your comment suggests you do indeed have a negative habit of thought, as do many depressed people, with a great talent for spotting the negative aspect of any situation, and of not noticing the positive aspects. CBT has you much more actively involved than just listening to the shrink blather. You identify the habits of thought and negative assumptions you may be making, and scientifically you test them. Where they seem accurate and useful, you keep them. Where inaccurate you correct them. Where unhelpful, you try alternative ways of looking at the same situations, and test them, too, to see what works better for you. Where things genuinely ARE bad, you examine hat makes them bad and how to avoid what can be avoided, improve what can be improved, and live better with what can't be avoided or improved.
It would be worth trying ( rather than rejecting it beforehand ) and it could not make things worse.
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