Q. Even after undergoing CBT and other therapies, I am loaded with emotional blocks. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Ruhi Satija
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 23, 2020 and last reviewed on: Feb 27, 2020

Hello doctor,

I have been going through a tough time for long. I have been looking for a job for about two years and it is very difficult to find one. Although on my previous job, I had several problems with the management taking me for granted. People I trusted dearly broke my trust, hurt me badly and I had still do ongoing problems with my parents as they were not understanding my issues and start arguments with me as the relationship is not good to speak and at work, they could not be fully supportive to me.

Yesterday, on my way back from alcohol and drug testing on the train I felt sick nauseous, dizzy, and headaches. I have work tomorrow I do not know what to do. I sent an email to my manager that I cannot come tomorrow and explained the situation about my health. I would like advice and guidance tips for me especially on the therapies too after taking online CBT, talking psychodynamic and EMDR. My therapist told me I suffered a lot in my time here that I need a change, go to a different country and start a new life and job. It is difficult as I have been traumatized with memories, flashbacks, important dates and numbers relating has engrained on my mind unconsciously.



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I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I can imagine how hard it is for you right now.

I can understand that changing the place could be a big step to take and not always possible. I would suggest you continue the therapy. ISTDP (intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy) and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), can prove helpful in your case.

For emotional blocks, only CBT is sometimes not enough you need to learn to not get stuck by the past memories and have control over your thoughts instead of your thoughts controlling you and your behavior. The physical signs are an expression of the psychological and emotional stress that you have been suffering from such a long time.

So, on your own start with maintaining a mood journal and keeping a note of your thoughts and emotions which overwhelm you. Try to spend a few minutes a day practicing relaxation techniques such as box breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, otherwise hear light music that makes you feel calm.

You will also require some life coaching to being yourself on track and become the best version of yourself. You need to learn to make yourself and your well-being a priority.

I hope this gives you some idea of what you need to do again. So you can find a therapist locally or if you need it. We can start therapy sessions online via video consultation.

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