Follow our fictional characters in their journeys through CBT.
Read their stories and learn what Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is all about.
Amanda is a 24 year-old single woman. She grew up as an only child in an accommodated suburb.
She recently graduated from college. She works now in a big marketing company and lives with a roommate in the city,
where she moved a year ago to start her first job. Shortly after, she broke up with her boyfriend from college,
so she can fully focus on her career.
Six months ago, Amanda's father had a heart attack. Amanda's mother called her at work to let her know.
Amanda was under a lot of stress that day preparing for a presentation.
While on the phone with her mother she felt numb about the whole situation.
Donald is a 59 year-old married man, he is the father of two grown sons and he has 5 grandchildren.
Don worked in a local bank since he was in his mid 20's, but two months ago they let him go.
After a couple of weeks of partial relief from being out of a work environment that, as of late, he perceived as rather hostile,
Don started becoming increasingly depressed and irritable.
Don no longer feels the way he used to about himself or about life.
He stays by himself a lot and is spending more and more time in his room,
he has less energy and has lost interest in the baseball season.
Lately, the only thing that seems to cheer him up is when his grandchildren come to visit.
Tom is a 38 year-old married man. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and he works in the information technology department in a general hospital.
Tom has gained weight over the years and he has been taking medication for blood pressure.
Jennifer always insists it isn't a big deal for her, but Tom has grown increasingly frustrated with what he sees as his sub-optimal sexual performance.
He has become more irritable and refuses to talk to Jennifer about their sexual life.
His self esteem is low, and even his energy and interest in things has declined lately.
Mia is a 30 year-old married woman. She's been married to Brian for the last 8 years and they have a 6-month old baby daughter.
Until baby Emma was born, Mia worked in a travel agency to support the family, while her husband was going back to school.
Now she stays home with her baby. Brian finished school and got a much better job that requires a lot of travel.
Since Emma was born Mia feels overwhelmed. She cries easily and feels constantly exhausted and worried.
She has little energy and every little task takes a big effort to finish.
She feels guilty she is a bad mother, and she can't stop thinking about all the possible ways how her baby could get hurt.