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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-13-2020, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
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how many of you are seeing a psychiatrist/therapist to deal with your sa

im seeing one since i was 22 and find it constructive

are you seeing one, do they help, and in what way
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-13-2020, 11:20 AM
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I used to when I was a teenager. Probably somewhere between 14-18 I think. It was CBT initially and EMDR therapy latter. I feel like EMDR therapy helped me the most as it's clear to me that I needed to discuss the 'why' of feeling a certain way and really analyze that in a depth that CBT didn't really provide for me. I needed to work on healing and taking steps forward. It was all exhausting, but it helped me see from a different perceptive and understanding myself better. I saw a psychiatrist for medication from around 16-18 and I personally did not like the meds I was put on. I felt very numbed out and dissociated more frequently.

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Yes...I've seen one for a year. I think it's quite helpful especially having someone to vent to as i have noone in real life to vent to. its helped me emotionally mature alot.

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I've felt like I should start seeing one, but I kind of fear that it would be difficult to interact and explain my problems.

"If you need a safe space, see a therapist" - Jordan Peterson
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No, but eh I won't be able to open up....

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Saw them for years. They gave up on me.

I don't have any more faith in the mental health system. Maybe it helps others but it only made me worse. It's an especially sucky feeling when even the professionals are like "Yeah, you're too broken for us, bye-bye."

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-15-2020, 12:56 PM
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I've seen 3 - 4 therapists and 3 councilors over the past 20 years. Always with longer breaks.
(Yikes! Reading this makes me look like a real nut case!) 🙂

I found the councilors the most helpful and supportive, very kind, open-minded and down to earth.

The therapist were very objective and professional and taught me to try to see sober facts.

I "felt" misunderstood, provoked, annoyed, disappointed, rejected, hurt, exposed, humiliated, exhausted, angry... you name it!

That might not have helped me directly with my challenges in life or with SA but to grow and mature emotionally like Cool Ice Dude put it.

Meds were hardly ever offered to me, never taken any, except some Naturopath stuff.

I can't believe, professionals actually rejecting people and telling them, they are too messed up!

If course, not every therapist and type of therapy is suitable for everyone. And of course there are quacks and xxxholes.

But you have to be open-minded and be willing to critically confront yourself with your inner self and emotions and attitudes!

That p*sses many off! Therapy is no passiv act! Therapists don't have the obligation to provide.
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No, not since my teenage years, but she was a religious quack, though I think I probably should be, they got better here since then.

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I am a very private person, I would never be willing to share my deepest and darkest secrets with a stranger. Even just telling my doctor about my SA took me 10 years to do.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-16-2020, 12:41 AM
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Was seeing a counselor and a psychiatrist last year before my insurance changed. Think my counselor was probably relieved to be rid of me.

Would rather not see a psychiatrist because I hate pills and they've never helped me. I've only experienced side effects

Have been putting off finding a new one because finding one that takes my insurance confuses and stresses me. Not sure if it is general anxiety but I always keep putting off things I need to do. Now I'm letting covid be an excuse to put things off in my life but I was already putting things off for months before it hit.
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