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Old 09-17-2004, 01:15 PM
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Default How does one turn away from the scary thoughts/anxiety?

You are right Dr. Joe... I can see myself being drawn into the childish self sabatoging thoughts right now. I'm afraid to wake up in the morning, because I know I'm feeling anxious and scared and not in control. I'm afraid of myself, that I don't have any control over my behavior and thoughts, and that I will go down the depression road again and won't be able to get out of bed. I'm reading the book, and I can grasp it... but I'm not sure how to "turn away" from the scary thoughts and insecurities. I wake up and I don't know how to start my day! It is like, what do I do with myself? I function and get things done, but all with foreboding and doom on my mind. How do I convince myself that I can do this? I worry about the fact that I want to sleep in the morning! I am in a habit of getting the kids off to school, and then I go back to bed for a couple of hours. How do I change how I talk to myself, and how do I start breaking this habit? I can see how I'm regressing because I'm so afraid of failing, of being responsible for making mistakes and not doing the right thing. How do I turn away from these thoughts? How do I start to feel "normal" again? I felt like I was making progress and doing well up until recently. Obviously the pot has been stirred again, and I'm afraid of my thoughts and the future. I guess I have fallen back into the habits of insecurity and control. And of course as you read, I have no control right now! What can I do? Thanks Dr. Joe, you really are a big help. Wendy
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Old 09-17-2004, 01:51 PM
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Wendy--
I need you to finish the book (at least the five essential steps). All the questions you pose today are addressed at length in the book. Once you've had a chance to go over the material, let me know where you're still confused.

Dr. Joe
 

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