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I been seeing a psychologist weekly and I find the results greatly helpful to motivate me to get better from anxiety and other areas in my life. I chose one direction. Instead of strengthening my relationship with my dysfunctional family, I chose to improve and raise my self-esteem. Athough I feel I still harbor thoughts and feelings from traumatic experiences. The psych is helping me with that. I been seeing the psych for almost three months and I'm going to keep going no matter how much my finances are dwindling.

What are your thoughts on seeing a professional?
Do you think it has worked out for you or not?


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i went to a psychologist like 5 times....i wouldnt open up and she got tired of me so she said i didnt need it, it obviously didnt work. and i dont really give a **** cause its all bull**** to me. how the hell is talking to some complete stranger suppose to work?
 

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There are no good specialists around here, just a few regular shrinks who are lazy and take the easy route by pumping their patients full of meds. My dad had some trouble with depression years ago and visited a shrink a few times but it did him absolutely no good. I'm also trying to protect what little pride and dignity I have left in my life since I feel too ashamed to talk to anyone and I worry what people will think of me. I am very stubborn in changing my ways, so my anxiety problems will probably continue to control the rest of my life.
 

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I've seen quite a few proffesionals (2 psychologists, group therapy led by 2 psychologists, and a psychiatrist). My current opinion, is that therapy is almost completely useless for me, and so far the drugs have had the same result. Seeing a psychologist one on one seems so aggravating to me, they are always digging for things that just aren't there. Group therapy would probably have been helpful, had I been more motivated. I just quit seeing my psychologist a week ago, but I still plan on seeing my psychiatrist regularily.
 

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I've been seeing a psychiatrist and he prescribed a combination of meds (Celexa and beta blockers) that seem to be helping me quite a bit.

I tried therapy but I just didn't feel comfortable "opening up". The psychiatrist wants me to give it another try though.
 

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I have seen two psychologist and one social worker. I think she was a social worker. Although none were of any help. One of them looked very bored when I was talking to her. Stupid @#$% :mum might as well talk to myself. All they want is money! (obviously right :? )
 

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What are your thoughts on seeing a professional?
Do you think it has worked out for you or not?
I went to 2 different ones. I went to the first about 3 times and the second one twice. They didn't help me at all. I dont think ill ever go back to one. I've made tons of progress on my own, without them or medicine.
 

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I saw a counselor for about 3 months. It helped a little, but I made more progress on my own reading books on cbt.
 

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how the hell is talking to some complete stranger suppose to work?
Exacta'mondo!! :afr Happens all the time with inexperienced professionals who may not have enough interpersonal skills, as well as where we come from.
 

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i've been seeing a counsellor( psychologist) for around 3 months now and ive been to a psychiatrist but i don't think it has really helped me
 

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I've been visiting my counselor for about 4 weeks now. It's going well. This is the 3rd counselor/psychologist I've seen. I saw a psychiatrist eariler this week. He made me pretty uncomfortable asking questions about something I told him I didn't feel okay talking about. He prescribed me Prozac (2nd time being on prozac). I wont have to see him as much, so I'm glad about that.
 

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rainboots, I take prozac too. They put me on 20mg which works really well. I haven't been taking it much now since I exercise one activity a day i.e. going out of the house, walking, shopping, getting fresh air, or talk on the phone.

I find that if I don't open up about myself, and what areas I want to work on, than the professional is of no help to me. Once I open up, the psych would ask me questions and then teach me some advice. I have felt if I worked on raising self-esteem and self-confidence more, than I would decrease anxiety especially social anxiety and small panic attacks. We also work on depression and talk about issues surrounding it. Next week will be my 13th session. Personally, my boyfriend has noticed a great change in me within this year and last year of seeing a psych. I predict the next couple of years will be good and bad times for me, but I'm growing in a new direction and I feel great and accepting of myself and the flaws.
 
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