Scared of continuing CBT with self help book

Postby elgeyko » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:43 pm

Hello every body,

I have had depression and mood disorder problems that I "solved" in the recent years with CBT books.
But now since few months I am tackling the real problem : self low esteem.

I am using again a self-help book, and I did many progress but I am kind of stuck now
I was doing well in doing exercises etc. but recently I am scared to go forward, I even feel some sort of anger .
So I am thinking it 's really like my brain does not want to change, but still I don't understand why it's like that.
Specially this anger is weird and strong, I feel I want to shout very loud and kick things, which I do not do off course but still it's a lot of violence in my head. It's like when you are really pissed at someone, but I don't against whom and I never felt that angry before...
And it "goes away" 1-2 days after I stop thinking about the book or my low self esteem problem.

At the beginning I though it was because of quitting smoking (10 weeks now...) but it's really related to the therapy.

I don't know what to do, is it normal ?
is there something to do of being scared of changing ?
Maybe I am angry because I had low self esteem for so long and I am pissed at my self ?

I don't know what could help me right now, shall I try to just write things in a journal until the reason pops up ? Shall I go talk to a professional ?

Shall I just be patient and wait that things settle down slowly . I am maybe too hard on my self lately ?
For info :
I started a book on mood disorder in October = found out alcool and bad sleeping was bad for me and it's was related to anxious and depressive days. I quitted alcohol end of December.
I quitted smoking in January (with a cbt book only, no medication) and started a CBT book on low self esteem at the same time.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Postby Avery » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:15 pm

It would be helpful to no which book your using.
Do you experience the anger while you are doing the exercises or just in general?
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Postby elgeyko » Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:58 am

Hello Avery,

thank you for the answer
so the book is "Overcoming Low Self Esteem" by Melanie Fennell.
After further analysis, I think it might be some sort of self-sabotage, like fear of success, I am scared of accepting myself of something like this. Do you think it is possible ?
The anger is somehow there all the time but strong when I try to work on self acceptance or thinking about problems related to low acceptance, for example I have money problem because I was too nice with "friends" that still not gave me back money I lend them.
But this anger is new... Thinking about this kind of problem made me only anxious or stressed not I feel anger in addition.
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