Smoking and RSI

I can’t here, but I know how it works anyway – cognitive therapy, which is used to treat depression and panic attacks (and I am pretty sure must be used in pain clinics) would help you. In fact it is more likely to help you than it is people with panic attacks and so on. Depression Alliance has a very good little booklet about Cognitive Therapy. It costs about 32 I think. It’s written for people whose primary problem is depression rather than for people whose depression is linked to pain, so you have to sort of interpret it to suit your own circumstances. Their phone number is 0171 633 0557. There’s also a website but I don’t have the URL to hand. Wait a minute, this might be it: I don’t know the technique well enough to try to use it on my RSI, and a book would be a help.

Comment : You do have to edit it mentally, to use it for RSI. The way I see it, cognitive therapy is a way to combat a fixed idea or rather set of ideas. For someone who’s suffering from depression per se, the fixed idea is the feeling that life is not worth living and they themselves are unloved and worthless. For someone who’s suffering from depression linked to RSI, the fixed idea is (or was for me) that the RSI would never get any better and I would never be able to work again, live a normal life, stop being in pain, etc. If you change the “typical depressive thoughts” in the book to “typical RSI thoughts”, it can be quite effective, or so I found.

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