I had a course of CBT last year for anxiety and panic attacks. They were so bad, I became agarophobic, wouldn’t drive anywhere other than to work and back. I didn’t even want to go on holiday with my husband and children and tried to make all sorts of excuses as to why we shouldn’t go. It was dreadful and I felt like I was letting everyone down.
The treatment was very emotional, and there is a lot of “homework” that you’ll have to do such as putting yourself into situations that cause the anxiety (but slowly and at your own pace). You have to really want to do it though as you only get out of it what you’re willing to put in.
In total, I saw my counsellor for about 10 months, with fortnightly visits.
I’ve been dx with PPMS since it finished, and over the last few weeks, I’ve felt that the anxiety started to return. The therapy has taught me how to cope with it, and push it away again!
The one thing that I’ll take away from CBT is that it gave me my life back - sounds dramatic but it really is true.
Good luck Helen and let us know how you get on.