Our expert says:
re point 1 : Yes. remarkably few diseases and disorders are ever cured. They can be managed, controlled to some extent, and lived with better in some ways than others.
Re point 2 --- well, obviously time spent on THIS forum is remarkably valuable. But the trouble with over-indulging in web research is its so hard for a layperson to evaluate whether you;re reading good stuff or the ravings of a fanatic. You're so riht about the need not to obsess --- to spnd as much time as possible, even when not well, being more than only one's illness or problems.
re point -- great smary of why i like CBT as a method, because it improves our skills at controlling unhelpful negative habits of thought and deed, and at distinguishing between things wory of our attention and concern, and things NOT thus worthy
re point. Yes. The good old days were never as good as they seem when we look back, and he challenge is to find an enjoy some good new days
re point 5 --- ALways worth doing
re point 6 Right --- not focussing on your posiives, is like ignoring the content of your bank account.
re point 7 Yes, otherwise it's like an alcoholic wanting to stay sober, spending each night in a pub and beriending only heavy drinkers.
Excellent thoughts. Though actually, having worked with all types of illness, the real difference is how some people have a disease, and some allow the disease to have them
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