Post Edited (RedSoxGirl85) : 8/3/2010 11:32:20 PM (GMT-6)
I see a psychiatrist due to anxiety issues. He's the second one I've seen and I didn't have to disclose embarassing information to either of them. They both knew what Crohn's was and that's all I had to say. I also tried meeting with a therapist or counselor to learn techniques to help relieve anxiety (breathing, visualization, etc.) but stopped seeing her because she wanted me to come a couple of times a week. You don't have to tell them anything you don't want to or are not comfortable with telling them. I recently attended an educational program for the Arthritis Foundation and the guest speaker was a clinical psychologist and she talked about the psychology of chronic pain. I really liked her approach...she seemed to really understand what people with chronic pain go through and how that affects their lives. Maybe someone like that would be a good place to start. There is absolutely no shame in having to take something or talk to someone for the anxiety/depression that having a chronic disease causes.