Archive for July, 2015

Its been a while since I posted on my blog.

In truth, I have been devastated by the general election results.

On top of this, our governments Shock and Awe tactics since regaining power has had a serious impact on my mental health.

I am disabled and a Mental Health sufferer. My condition caused through repeated trauma, abuse and neglect has left me in my 50s, alone and suffering from a whole heap of conditions which I struggle with on a daily basis.

The new round of policy changes and cuts have had a profound effect on my resilience and I really am losing the will to live.

If I died tomorrow I would consider it a release from the fear and constant threat this government is intent on giving out.

How does a trauma victim deal with past trauma when living in a war zone? I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I have been afraid to post because of fear of having them come after me. of losing the little security I have.

I go from despair to rage to living in a parallel place inside myself where nothing can touch me.

It is a lonely life and one I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy a lot of the time.

But Im not writing here because Im feeling sorry for myself, I know Im just one of many and I feel powerless right now.

So why am I writing.

Im rambling but Im just being me, Im a bit of a mess.

I dont want to be intimidated into silence by all the hate, the lies, the ridicule, the propaganda and dehumanising going on out there.  Keeping it all to myself is turning me into an angry resentful person and creating havoc with my wellbeing and my ability to function as the person I want to be.

So here goes.

As you will all be aware, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is being marketed out there on behalf of the government as the cure for everything.

It is being reported as a new Evidence Based Psychological Therapy which has become the Gold Standard of all Therapies.

And they are claiming that it is because they are evidence based whereas all other therapies are not based on evidence.

Not only are they claiming that this New form of CBT can Cure, Depression and Anxiety, but that it can also cure Panic Disorders, Personality Disorders. Bipolar Disorder and even Schizophrenia along with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

All this with a new Mechanical CBT, therapist lead, no more than 14 weeks.

They also claim that new research is showing that it can even help to cure physical illnesses.

Even more worrying is that they are planning introduce it into schools in a different form in order to build resilience into our children.

The government is talking big about a lack of talking therapies in our NHS, in both primary and secondary care and are in the process of recruiting and training thousands of therapists in this New form of CBT and deploying them in in our GP surgeries, Job Centers,  as well as plans to make the therapists available in Hospital Medical wards.  CBT is also for Altzeimer Sufferers, Stroke Victims and the Terminally Ill.  They are even making plans to  market CBT to our Employers.

The Miracle Cure for All.  And all of us.

CBT will be the cure for even Poverty.

CBT is to be the cure of all cures.

They have got ‘NICE’ to make CBT the recommended treatment of choice for just about all Mental Health Conditions and are on a drive you wouldnt believe.. or probably many of you would.

However…This New CBT, the ‘Gold Standard Evidence Based Cure’, from the material I have seen appears to be far from what it is reported to be.

Some years ago I studied Psychology and part of the course was in Research Methods, Statistical Analysis and Ethics.

After hearing these claims about this New CBT being Marketed by the government, I kept seeing Red Flags. so I did some investigating.  didnt take me long to find stuff to support my theory;

What I have found in a short space of time is so worrying I really don’t think I can keep it to myself.

If you have time please take a look at the links posted below and make up your own minds.

And then please circulate.

I have posted a number of links to some reports and videos.

Please read the reports and then watch the videos.  Save them to your computer if you can. And pass them around.

The last two videos back up each-others claims, so if you only have time to watch one , I would suggest the last one. But both are very informative and thought provoking.

The Depression Report

Click to access depressionreport.pdf

‘A Fair Society’  The Centre for Welfare Reform


Thrive: the power of evidence-based psychological therapies

David Tolin: Pseudoscience in Mental Health Treatments

This last one really does put the icing on the cake.

Jonathan Shedler – Where is the Evidence for Evidence-Based Therapy?

Take Care of yourselves out there.


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