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Therapy needed for depression/anxiety

Hello all,


Although my life, on paper, seems perfect here in Switzerland, internally I'm struggling and becoming increasingly isolated and withdrawn. While I can hold down a job and I have quite a few friends in Zurich (largely Swiss), meeting friends, bumping into my neighbours in my building and socialising generally is becoming increasingly difficult and stressful for me - more so if I have to navigate my way through dinner conversations in German/Swiss German.



Does anyone know of any therapists, preferably English-speaking, who can provide some guidance to get me out of this rut and back on track. I'm thinking along the lines of CBT.



I would be most grateful.
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Re: Therapy needed for depression/anxiety

Sorry you are suffering.... I know exactly how you feel.

My GP referred me to a therapist at my local hospital, that's probably that best place to start.
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Re: Therapy needed for depression/anxiety

Please also have a check up with your GP. Some depressions may come from an underactive thyroid, menopause symptons etc.

And probably your GP can refer to you to a therapist.

Good luck!
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Re: Therapy needed for depression/anxiety

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I am a coach and have worked with many depressed people. All I can say is be careful being prescribed medications. Should always check side effects on the web.

The brain gets stuck. So do not listen to people who say you are in a comfort zone. It is how the brain functions. The new way is with neuroscience. In addition to neurofeedback I have been using Trans cranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) for depression.With these ways we disrupt how the brain functions(rut)

All of this is non invasive.

Careful with CBT. Can affect motivation.

Lastly I help people to become independent and find a way of living that is best for them.

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I am a coach and have worked with many depressed people. All I can say is be careful being prescribed medications. Should always check side effects on the web.

The brain gets stuck. So do not listen to people who say you are in a comfort zone. It is how the brain functions. The new way is with neuroscience. In addition to neurofeedback I have been using Trans cranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) for depression.With these ways we disrupt how the brain functions(rut)

All of this is non invasive.

Careful with CBT. Can affect motivation.

Lastly I help people to become independent and find a way of living that is best for them.

John
OP My daughter suffered from PTSD and depression and CBT was really helpful for her. Medication did not work but CBT did. I gather each individual is different with regards to treatment but I think if you can try to get help in the least invasive way (CBT or maybe neurofeedback) it may help you cope. My daughter had a very bad reaction to the meds she was prescribed and so, perhaps I am biased. I hope you find a way forward.

Best of luck to you!
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Re: Therapy needed for depression/anxiety

I wish I knew a therapist in Zurich but my daughter's treatment was in the US. That said, my landlord who lives above me (and is so nice/helpful) grew up in Zurich. I will ask her for references on your behalf.

Hang in there Op! My Mom's favourite maxim is, "This too shall pass"! Words I live by!

Thinking of you and will PM you recommendations my landlord provides...
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I am a coach and have worked with many depressed people. All I can say is be careful being prescribed medications. Should always check side effects on the web.

The brain gets stuck. So do not listen to people who say you are in a comfort zone. It is how the brain functions.

Careful with CBT. Can affect motivation.

Lastly I help people to become independent and find a way of living that is best for them.

John
Can I ask how CBT affects motivation? As I understand it CBT positively affects, not negatively.

And I don't think it's necessarily helpful to warn people off meds. SSRIs etc can help the chemical rebalance, as I understand it. With respect, I don't think you're an M.D. or Psychiatric professional. Individuals react differently to different meds.

I wouldn't say anxiety/depression has anything to do with a comfort zone either. It's one of the least comfortable zones I can imagine.

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Can I ask how CBT affects motivation? As I understand it CBT positively affects, not negatively.

And I don't think it's necessarily helpful to warn people off meds. SSRIs etc can help the chemical rebalance, as I understand it. With respect, I don't think you're an M.D. or Psychiatric professional. Individuals react differently to different meds.

I wouldn't say anxiety/depression has anything to do with a comfort zone either. It's one of the least comfortable zones I can imagine.
I have mentioned a couple of times that I made a mistake and exchanged CBT with CBD.

Gosh I was giving that as an example. I totally agree that it is not a comfort zone. I was writing that many people say that they are in their comfort zone. I say no it is not comfortable. That people get stuck in states.
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Hello all,

Does anyone know of any therapists, preferably English-speaking, who can provide some guidance to get me out of this rut and back on track. I'm thinking along the lines of CBT. I would be most grateful.
Sorry to hear of your troubles. Whilst a lot of the medical profession speak good English as a second language - I'd suggest you might wish to find someone who is a native English speaker so they understand your particular colloquialisms.

A friend went through this and was referred by a GP to a psychiatrist who then recommended a psychotherapist. Rather convoluted but this is what the health insurance wanted...expect to pay anything from CHF150 to CHF250 an hour.

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Re: Therapy needed for depression/anxiety

A couple of years back, I met with a native English speaking doc in Zurich. He is conveniently located in Zurich. He helped me overcome some challenges of being newly married and moving to and living in Switzerland. He is professional and easy to talk to.

https://www.bischof-campbell.com/portrait.html
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Re: Therapy needed for depression/anxiety

As I mentioned beforre I have had good success with this with depression.

https://neurosciencenews.com/brain-s...ression-10877/

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Re: Therapy needed for depression/anxiety

I too have gone through this problem. Winter is especially a hard time. I first found an English speaking therapist. There was one in Zurich but I eventually switched to one in the USA and spoke over the phone with her. I then went to my gp and he prescribed me an anti depressant which I was on for about 1.5 years. It helped me stabilize. If you’d like my therapists number then let me know. I’m also I am English speaking book club. We meet 1x per month and that helps to not feel alone.
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Does anyone know of any therapists, preferably English-speaking, who can provide some guidance to get me out of this rut and back on track. I'm thinking along the lines of CBT.

I would be most grateful.

Sorry I can't help OP, but it seems a lot of people have felt the need to start a debate on your post welcome to EF.
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