Our expert says:
For GAD, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy works fine, and alcks the side-effects of medications, and ALL other forms of therapy ( other than a few closely related methods unhelpfully given different names ) do not help. The challenge with the cognitive-behavioural methods is to recognize when you are starting to slide into a phase of anxiety-provoking thinking, and to nip it in the bud before it gets a grip on you. From your description, you have become really expert at finding anxiety provoking aspects to every possible scenario. Maybe a more experienced therapist could help you to take a couple of further steps to get into control of these bad habits.
There is not a single shred of good evidence that one has to "deal with" events that occurred in childhood, in order to gain control of GAD symptoms --- that's merely propaganda put about by unskilled shrinks who'd like to get paid to treat you for years or decades without much progress. What matters is what conclusions you may have drawn and what habits you may have formed, perhaps relaed to whattever might have happened in childhood.
You are very lucky not to have found anyone doing psychoabalytic work, as even after many decades of such work, there's no good evidence of value of such therapy ( except to the analyst ). Its the feelings and thoughts you experience related to childhood that can be dealt with fairly efficiently and brought under useful control, which need to be focussed upon --- the analyst's fondness for spending years rehearsing every childhood event is damaging, not helpful, and re-inforces the habits of thought that are causing your discomfort, rather than reducing them.
Nobody can change their childhood --- it's history. But what we can, most fruitfully change, is what we choose to carry forward with us from childhood.
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