A 20 week CBT group based on Dr. Richards therapy was the beginning in a long adventure making big changes in how I feel and how I live my life. It requires courage, persistence and time.
Yep, I am currently on week 14. It's been just months and a **** load of my irrational thinking/anxiety is gone. CBT is the way, its the truth. It's the only real kind of therapy, but as many mentioned it takes PERSISTENCE. Not even courage, just persistence. Sometimes, you'll be like, "wow, who is this new me?" I love it.
IT DOESNT TAKE YEARS. It may take years to get the anxiety to be completely dead, but you will start getting "normal" in months if you are persistent.
Basically, you have that old anxiety neural pathway in your brain that questions your progress and efforts, but there is another side (probably a bit faint to you at the time), that says, yo, hold up, hey, we gonna rock this to the break of dawn, take a seatttt and start the next episodeee. heyyy heyy hey heyy
The more time you invest in your rational/new neural pathway, the more you practice the affirmations and techniques in anxiety-tinged situations, the faster you progress will come. Remember: you wont fail, only if you give up TOTALLY. Hang in there, you stick to CBT and I promise you will blossom that beautiful person inside of you thats waiting to make a mark on the world.
The best thing about CBT is that it makes you a much stronger person, it makes you a juggernaut because you can apply the techniques to better yourself in basketball, sex, school, studying, everything.
The truth shall set you free, don't let go!
BTW, I wanted to add that, yes you probably developed those negative thoughts and feelings through many years. But a rational, truthful statement is ALWAYS stronger than a lie, so the therapy is going to brainwash your brain much faster than the negativity did.