Went to get a new psychiatrist...

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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 9/25/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone.
I went today to get a new psychiatrist to try to get my depression under control, and they told me that their psychiatrists weren't accepting new patients. mad However, they want to start me in DBT group therapy. I am nervous about it. I usually don't good around a lot of people, because of my social anxiety, but I know that therapy is a good idea. I just hope it doesn't overwhelm me... Any suggestions on what I should do to help keep myself calm?
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   Posted 9/25/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Try to focus on your breathing. And try deep breathing. In through the nose and out through the mouth. This will relax you. If you let yourself get anxious or tense, your pain could get worse.

Good luck to you in your new therapy. Let us know how it goes.

Best wishes to you,
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CathyA
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   Posted 9/25/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
TikiIsMyKitty........Good luck to you. My husband really didn't want to be in a group either, when he was going through some bad depression, but he ended up getting alot out of it.........so hang in there. Just be yourself. And share your fears with the others.

Piercings
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   Posted 9/25/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Tiki...if nothing else..cheat. Close your eyes and pretend that you're on a forum. lol.

Seriously though, I can relate and I'm sorry that it makes you scared. I know I was too, but sometimes there's a lot that can be gained in a group environment that can't be produced in a one on one. Both solo and group have their own benefits and I'm hoping that you can find the group ones now that you've come to have the solo ones.

Breathe....

Sue2z
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   Posted 9/25/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope it works for you, I tried and the stress of going ect was to much for me.  I see a phyciatrist now and find it easier to talk and was put on medication, my depression was very severe.  Youll prob make lots of friends .       sue2z wink wink wink
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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to you all for your advice. My orientation session is this Tuesday at (blah) 9:30am to 11:30am. I've gone to NA groups with my dad before, and for the most part, I did okay around all the people. I guess I need to try to think positively. *sighs* I hate that I have to do this kind of thing. I hate that I have to go through all of this.

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And may your tears be few. 
May God wrap you in His arms
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/26/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Tiki,
Simply the fact that you are willing to do something to work on your problems shows that you have a positive attitude and will do well. Sending a little prayer for your strength.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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Sue2z
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   Posted 9/26/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
It always feels good after talking to people but if you are really depressed make sure your doc gives you and antidepressant as well.from sue2z :-) :-) :-)
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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 9/27/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I have an appointment with my doctor on the 8th of next month, and I am going to talk with him then about changing my meds. I know that my depression is making my pain worse. I remember being in pain when my meds were working, but it was way more manageable. So, I hope to get some new meds to help me.

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May your heart be filled with love and joy.
May your mind be clear and true.
May your smiles be many,
And may your tears be few. 
May God wrap you in His arms
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GamJill
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   Posted 9/28/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Tiki-
I hope you can get something to help with that increased pain- not fun. :(

I have had many phobias and became almost housebound in my early 20's. I did not have social anxiety but relate to how your feeling. I did group therapy back then and it did help. I have met the "best" people in a group setting. The only anxiety I get now is right before I go to the dentist and when I fly.

Just think of all of us when you go Tuesday- we will be with you in thought!! GamJill
 
 
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   Posted 9/28/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Tiki, I hope everything goes well with you Tuesday.  I've never had any trouble in groups before, but I could never stand up in front of a group of people and speak. 
 
My dad suffered from depression and I've been to group therapy with him but he was a quiet person and never said much. 
 
I think if you when you get used to the group of people, you will feel more comfortable with them and be able to express yourself more, just like your forum family. 
 
God Bless!
Shannon
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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 9/29/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for all the encouragment everyone, and I will keep you all updated on the group therapy thing. Tomorrow is just the orientation group, where I think the decide how to put people into smaller groups. I am not really sure what is going to happen. I know I always liked going to NA meetings with my dad, and those are kind of like group therapy, so I think it will be ok. I just hope it is the kind of group I need. Ya know? I hope that people understand how I feel. I am thinking of looking up Fibro support groups to see if I can find one here in my town, or at least close. I hope I can. I know the people there will definately understand me. I dunno, though. I feel more comfortable when I talk to people online. I have always felt better when I write about how I am feeling. Somehow, it is easier to explain it that way. But, then again, I am a writer. I love to write. So maybe that is why I feel so comfortable online. But, people can't see you online. So it is easier when you don't have a million people staring at you. Ya know? Anyways. I am starting to babble. I will talk to you soon.

*soft hugs to all*


~MDD, Fibromyalgia, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, IBS, TMJ, Arthritis~
 
May your heart be filled with love and joy.
May your mind be clear and true.
May your smiles be many,
And may your tears be few. 
May God wrap you in His arms
Especially when you're feeling blue.

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