Ever seen a social worker?

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   Posted 1/6/2010 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
If so, what'd they help you with? I'm not even sure what all they do, and how much help they'd be to people with chronic diseases.
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   Posted 1/6/2010 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it would be easier if you told us what problems you were trying to address, and then we tried to identify the type of practitioner that would be the best fit for you.

I have dealt with social workers from time to time, but for me - for *me* - they were less helpful than other types of professionals.
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   Posted 1/6/2010 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree. Social workers have a variety of roles. Some help link you with resources, others are licensed to do counseling. Whether or not they're helpful often depends on the individual SW. There are good, caring ones and there are bad ones. Just like any other profession.

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   Posted 1/6/2010 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I think I'm fairly okay now, but like last year I was so sick I could barely go to the store, etc. It's was also hard getting much else done, spending a great deal of time sleeping, in the bathroom, feeling lethargic, etc. I'm also just wondering say in the future if finances become a problem.
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   Posted 1/7/2010 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
A social worker may be able to help you find resources within the community that could help you. I don't know what your community has to offer or what your specific needs are but a good social worker will do a complete assessment and figure out what they can help you with. Also licensed clinical social workers can provide counseling if that is something you need too (which I think is good for everyone even if they don't have to live with this DD :P)
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   Posted 1/7/2010 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I developed anxiety related to my Crohns and started seeing a therapist. I found her to be quite helpful in helping me understand why I was getting the anxiety and how to deal with it. I am actually thinking of going back and seeing her again, because when I have time off and nothing scheduled the anxiety likes to come back. So for me I have found them helpful.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw a wonderful licensed clinical social worker when my Crohn's returned after a 20 year remission and I had some other, unexplained (at the time) health issues and my long time family doctor had died and I was doctor shopping and .....

She was WONDERFUL! Most of my problem was due to losing confidence in myself due mostly to the doctor shopping and beginning to feel like a hypochondriac. She restored my self-confidence and then some. I think of her often w/great fondness and appreciation. I credit her w/my doing so well since!!
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   Posted 1/7/2010 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm graduating in May with my bachelors in social work :) I'm trying for grad school in the fall for my masters. This disease and all the people who have helped me along the way were part of the reason I chose social work. Eventually I want to be a counselor but for now I think I want to start out doing hospital social work :)
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   Posted 1/7/2010 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had my masters degree in social work for 28 years, so I'm letting you know my bias up front. If you are seeking therapy, it is very important that you ask the therapist about their treatment philosophy but also about their background and training. Psychologists have more training in psychological testing, but aren't necessarily better or worse therapists. You definitely want someone who has some experience working with chronic pain and chronic disease and hopefully some exposure working with doctors and hospitals. It is really ok if they don't know specifically about Crohn's...you can direct the therapist to the ccfa website and teach
him/her about your own experience of it. Furthermore, your personalities need to "click." If you are not feeling like the therapy is helpful after the first 2-3 sessions, then you probably need a different therapist.
Some social workers do not do therapy, but instead are in a role to help with community resources, community advocacy etc. You weren't specific about your purpose in seeing a social worker. Social workers and psychologists do not prescribe medication. If you are needing medication for depression or anxiety, you need to see your family doc or a psychiatrist, but the therapist should be collaborating with them in your care. I hope this helps!
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   Posted 1/8/2010 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
For helping you find the kind of assistance you mentioned, a social worker would probably be a great help. It sounds like you have time between now and when you will need one, to find one that could help you find assistance. I think that last sentence gave me the spins. rolleyes

I feel a whole lot more the way I do now than I did a little while ago.
Crohn's Dx April 2006. Pentasa and Entocort EC

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