Dealing with a chronic disease definitely isn't easy, especially when it messes with your brain. Learning how to deal with it is just as important as taking the medications. I am proud of you for giving the therapy a try.
It sounds like you have a lot going on that you do need to handle and deal with. It also sounds like you need a hug and all the support you can get from us to get through all of this as easy as possible. You are right emotions that we feel can fuel or feed a lupus flare to happen and I do hope you can avoid this from happening. I hope you are doing well and feeling well also. I am here if you need me.
Yes, it is very hard to acknowledge our demons:hug: Given the choice between doing that and diving under the warm embrace of a duvet, I know which one I would prefer to be doing May you go from strength to strength.
You are very brave and Im sure you deserve an extra gold star as well!
Yes it is very hard to face demons and takes a lot of bravery to do that so well done you!!!
I think this is definitely a living with lupus topic. It is very much a part of lupus for some people and I think that this journey you are embarking on is one that many before you have found very beneficial and that many after you will need to face into.
In the hard moments, keep in your heart and mind that this is a sort of new beginning in many ways which can make a huge different to life and how you deal with it.
Good for you! I'm sure there are many more gold stars to come too.
I'm a big time believer in the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy. I went to a therapist in CBT *just* for learning a better way to think/handle living with lupus. My therapist specialized in treating people with chronic disease.
The nice thing about CBT is it really isn't about dwelling on the past and negative things from there... but learning a new way to live with what is in the now. It is also usually a short term therapy which is nice
Way to go... keep working it. I'm sure you will benefit greatly from this.
As a chronic "catastrophic thinker" , I actually started a working through a workbook for CBT called "Change your thinking" by Sarah Edelman that came recommended by a psychologist. I confess it felt like way too much like school work and I gave up, but I'm going to dig it out and give it another try!