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   Posted 3/25/2010 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   

I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kevin, I am 25, a college student and have been married for a little over a year. I was diagnosed about 2 years ago and still haven't found pills that work.
My question is what do you guys get out of therapy? I was raised a traditional Irish boy and we do not discuss feelings and thoughts, etc. I have been to several counselors in my past and never return for a second visit.
On my wife's insistance I agreed to go to a therapist. I have a marriage counselor, weekly 1-1 sessions, and weekly group sessions. I find myself anxious before I go, bored/confused about what we talk about, plus it eats up so much time. Does it help yall?


olivia of course
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   Posted 3/25/2010 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Kevin,

Welcome to HealingWell and the Bipolar Forum. It is great to have you here!

When I first started attending therapy on a regular basis more than 5 years ago, I was a mess. I would go and beat around the bushes with everything, and would be super anxious before as well as during the session. But then I learned that anxiety is common with people who have bp, and I dont let it hold me back anymore.

Now, I try to make therapy a big part of my life, but have been going as much as I should lately. It keeps me in check, so that my symptoms don't get out of control. Plus it is a good place to get rid of stress from daily life and to talk to someone who is a neutral party.

I have gone through a few therapists in the last couple of years till I found the right one, and it was a stressful moment. And 2 weeks ago I learned that my current therapist is leaving, I freaked out a little. But have not come to accept it. Change is good and it is a part of life.

Good luck and please let us know how things go.

Olivia smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 3/25/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   


You know my greatest thing about therpay was simply getting things out in the open. Once they are out in the light they are much less scary.  I am an irish lad also and i have found that discussing my issues has helped me greatly uderstand who i am and where i am coming from. 

  In short it has only helped me greatly. As has discussing things here.


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