Authors: Christine Stammers, QLD
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Cognitive behaviour therapy, lived experience, Personal Experiences
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to outline the journey CBT has taken me on, in not only overcoming child sexual abuse, serious illness and an abusive first marriage, it has also led me to discover who I am, how I think, and the ability to better control my mental illness. This paper will hopefully show consumers and clinicians what CBT has done for one real life person. Because, no matter what a person has been through, if they are determined enough, and have the right help, they will be able to succeed at life. CBT is something nearly every clinician has heard of yet not all consumers have had the opportunity to learn more about it. Which is a shame as nearly all consumers should be given this opportunity. As it would help them to better manage their illness, as often negative/irrational thoughts can be a pre-cursor to a worsening of their illness or can make an already bad episode of their illness worse.