Huzzah, I'll chime in with my own experiences of CBT, seeing as I'm not long home from a (1 on 1) session.|
I've been at it since the first week of January for crippling anxiety (I'm being treated for depression too, but it's not entirely relevant to the CBT). I find the sessions draining, but of benefit. I'm already using some of the things that I learn there (I tend to have extreme panic attacks; feel like I'm having a heart attack, about to loose control, that the world is going to cave in - all of these have occurred when I was doing even the simple task of going to the local corner shop for milk).
It's starting to help me regain a bit of a social life at least. I KNOW that if I'm just hanging out with friends that nothing bad will happen, but it's a case of being able to talk myself down from that elevated state of alertness, bring back thinking about a situation rationally, then calming myself.
I find myself emptying my head and just staring into space for a few minutes every day. The weird thing is that has made me suoer comfortable about my own mortality and the insignificance of my existence.