Psychiatrist appt. tomorrow, any advice?

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 1/3/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm nervous.. I really don't know what's going to happen or what this guy is going to say.
 
What should I expect?  I've never been to a shrink.
 
Do I have to take one of those state mental health assessments with 600 questions or is he just going to talk to me about my panic?
 
Is there anything I should mention ?
 
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   Posted 1/4/2008 3:19 AM (GMT -7)   

I've found most will get a history from you. Write down all the questions you want to ask or any points that are important to tell him incase you forget.

Remember they're only human just like you, good luck.


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   Posted 1/4/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   

TG,

Rarely do they give you the MMPI test anymore and I have taken it twice and I am still walking the streets :)

Usually they do an intake of info at the first meeting. They will ask about your background, your statistics, your meds, your goals, history and past medical problems or mental health issues.

They are very good at putting you at ease, and it is ok to feel anxious about this as it is brand new to you.  So stay in the moment and just take it one step at a time.

You will make it through.  Don't try to hide your anxiety, be up front if your feeling nervous.  OK.

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   Posted 1/4/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I went to the appt.  i had to drive there with someone from the crisis center but had to drive separate cuz of my panic.  Anyway... we got there and I was panicky... and nervous... this demented disorder I tell ya.
 
I told the psychiatrist all that went on and he was not exactly thrilled with what my doctor had done to me.  He said he didn't agree with the doctor or OB and has seen many pregnant people take benzos with no problem.  So he prescribed me my ativan again and upped my dosage.  So I can take up to 2 mgs a day.. but I'll probably just take a 1/2 to 1 mg
 
I was really glad to hear that and now I'm going to get set up in therapy for cognitive behavioral therapy.
 
Just thought I'd share that with you all.
 
Take care.
 
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   Posted 1/4/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Yeeeeeehaaaaaaaa.  I am so happy for you to know someone paid attention is awesome.  Just knowing you have the meds when you need them is a relief.

CBT too, you go girlfriend.  I am so proud of you for going and knowing you had to do this for you.  Kudos to you.

I am glad the appointment is behind you, now just rest tonight and know your ok.

Or post away here.............whatever makes you feel good.

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   Posted 1/4/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
It's been such an exhausting and irritating week kitt! I thought I was never gonna get any help UGH

and now I'm so pooped from telling my dx about 50000000+ times to all these ppl LOL but at least it got me somewhere and now I'll get to see a therapist and stuff.

Thanks for respondin

I am hoping the CBT will end up working with a therapist... last time I did it with my sister and she has panic disorder and it didn't really work.

So I'm PRAYING it works this time hehe
I also HAD to celebrate so I went to borders bookstore and bought 4 books and a small leather book to write things in.  I got two on pregnancy... one's a funny a story and the other is "what to expect when you're expecting" and I got two books by my favorite author Dean Koontz
 
hehehe

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   Posted 1/4/2008 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   

That is great.  My fav author is John Sanford................our own claim to fame in MN.

I love James Patterson too.

Hugs at ya Mom!

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   Posted 1/4/2008 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
hey twiggy_

nice to hear that someone is listening to you and that you're getting some better help. It sure is tiring running around trying to get people to listen, and i cant imagine doing that while pregnant. You should be very proud. Panic disorder sucks, but you're facing it head on and doing something about it. CBT has worked well for some and not for others, but at the end of the day, the fact is you are trying. And that really says a lot about your character. You're a warrior.

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   Posted 1/5/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Woohoo - Twiggy!!  I am so  happy for you that this psychiatrist listened to you and was able to help you in the way that you need.  I'm also happy to hear that you are going to see a therapist and doing CBT.  I'm currently in therapy and doing the same thing.  It helps, but is slow going - I have a lot of issues to resolve.  But as Dan said CBT works well for some and not others, remember if it doesn't work for you - it does not mean that you are a failure.  It just means that you need to find another form of therapy that works for you.

Again, I'm so glad that you are finally getting what you need.  Take it easy and keep posting.  BTW - how far along are you?  Having a baby is just the best blessing you can have!!

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   Posted 1/5/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I got the best compliment last night tho... I'm convinced I'm a blimp and I told my sister's friend (who's a guy) that it's a girl. He said "you're not far along enough to tell if it's a girl, you're too small, right?"

I was like yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay I am still kinda skinny and still blimpish lolol

but less blimpish nonetheless!

Kitt- I'll have to read a book by this sanford fellow... he sounds interesting

Dan- it's a pain in the butt to do all this while preggo cuz I'm so dang emotional lol

Wen- I'm now 13 weeks along and wishing I was in somewheres of the 30th week but oh well.. I swear this pregnancy stuff takes FOREVER.. or feels like forever.. haha I'm glad I found ppl who listen too cuz it's exhausting and frustrating and I felt like there was NO ONE in the world who understood what I was going thru with these darn professionals... ugh

Some doctors just don't know enough... so see a psychiatrist is my new quote!

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   Posted 1/5/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
My Twiggy ......I am so happy for you .....How is my baby doing??
Ya are no blimp girl so stop that right now k

Am glad ya went and got the help and empathy you deserve.........and staying on the meds will not hurt ......as I said my Cait has no probs other than the occasionally panic attack and OCD but she gets that fromME not because of my meds.............

Keep us posted plz.........

You take care Mom that babe needs ya and her / his dad...........luvs ya sweetie.....LYN ( auntie) lol
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   Posted 1/5/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Lyn! The baby I think is good but very demanding of food at times... it's no longer my hunger anymore... it's the starvation of whatever is in me LOL.. and my god when it wants food it WANTS food lololol

Learning how to have fun sober seems impossible... I don't know what's wrong with me but I just don't feel like the "life of the party" if me and my sisters are hanging out but eh... I'm not running around drunk anymore pretending so I guess I'm adjusting...

It feels so GREAT to come on here at night... just gives me a sense of calm when I feel a bit anxious and sad towards the end of the night cuz the fiance is at work and I'm alone...

I got a hamster for free from my sister.... a teddy bear one... it's so dang cute... and it was free lol so that's something new and my dog seems to think it's HER new pet lolol.. and the puppy things it's a moving squeak toy of some sort that he can paw at...

I just PRAY the lil one doesn't end up with this disorder... I really do... it's scarin me a bit... but I'm trying to stay positive!

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   Posted 1/6/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Twiggy,

I am glad your getting comfort coming here and posting.........I do too. 

I remember my first baby loved cherry pie, everyday I had to go find a piece of cherry pie..............

I know a party looks completely different through sober eyes.........you wonder why people are breaking up over what doesn't seem funny to you.  Nothing worse than being the only sober person at a drunken party.

I think you are doing wonderful.............and you will get to a point when you feel like you are the life of any gathering...........but a diet coke party would perhaps be a good choice.  You have one I will be there.

Love ya kiddo,

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   Posted 1/9/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Twiggy
In time you will find that humourous you really .....the SOBER one the one that is really LAUGHING out loud sober and honestly....I told you in my sobriety story I was the LIFE of the party ya okay ppl taked about the "things " Lyn did and oh wasnt that just hilarious ...no actually in hindsight it was pretty silly and reckless.I count everyday as a blessing that I am still here and able to say I am sober I went one more day .........
YOU are funny and you are comforting to so many on here
I would not worry about what the babe will or wont have this is not 100% hereditary ya know
Like I said Cait gets her OCD and anxiety from environment and seeing Mom not from what meds I took while preggars......
I like how Kitt put about being the only sober one at a drunken party now that is something I can really relate too lol I sure nuff do not like Drunks and I cannot tolerate how they act most times I think to self OMG was I like that ..........did I look like a total *** like this person.....you know what I mean
I have never been so proud of a person in my life other than my Cait ...I thought you were on the crossroads and didnt know which road to take for a time there 
When I finally found out that you were no longer drinking I cried ....LITERALLY......you have NO idea how great I felt for you
You are needed for so many wonderful things to come in your life....the babes first kick first smile.....first tooth ( oh vay)...and first step so many beautiful and just crazy moments you are coming up too
Me.. I look at my Cait she is a beautiful young woman with a mind of her own ( despises alcohol) and has her mind already made up on what and where she will be in 5 and 10 yrs she has a plan and ya know I have to take ownership in her being this way being so brilliant .lol.....Really all moms and dads that are involved DO.......as parents we mold them and guide them ..leaving them room for error .catching them when they fall and kissing their boo boos .as they age especially with me and Cait I find I am reliving part of my teens remembering my first and only love ...first kiss and I want so badly to protect her BUT I know I have instilled the proper morals in her and she has seen a SOBER mom all her life so she knows me as no different and she has seen me laughing my arse off almost in tears .......over something she has said or we have done ....when we have baked together and we are throwing flour at one another those moments I CHERISH ( the OCD doesnt lol) but I do......and I cherish them more because I am NOT numbed by alcohol.it is the real raw and all me that is involved and I love it so will you
The babe will also bring out your sense of HAHA they do some funny chit I tell ya ........

I am going thru the preggars with ya I think I cannot eat enough Caramel sundeas.4 to 6 a day and I am now 118 lbs and feel like a ton.lol I was only 114 at 7 mths with Cait in my belly
Now I share her jeans and she wears mine .......
My biggest wish for you is for you to make sure you have PEACE within you and around you for you first and for the babe and dad next .........
Life is nothing if there is no Happiness and Peace........
Luvs ya my Twiggy...........always have had faith in you ............glad you finally found that you did TOO...Luvs
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   Posted 1/10/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
118 POUNDS! LYN YOU LUCKY!  I was 161 lbs at my first appointment and now I'm 150.  I keep losing weight.  It's weirrrrd.  But I guess there's a lot of preggo ppl like that.
 
The only thing I've been craving is BLTs from Subway and a wildberry smooth from Caribou coffee... yummmmmmmmmmmmm
 
And to whomever in those pregnancy books that said you're in the clear after the first trimester are liars! LOL I wasn't sick during my first tri but now I'm getting waves of nausea so it's all bologna.
 
Pregnancies are all so different me thinks.
 
My only fear is that I don't want the baby to grow up.  I just want it to stay teeny tiny lol
 
LUVS ya lyn
 
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   Posted 1/12/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Luvs ya too Sweetie always
N I am sorry to tell ya this BUT I wanted Cait to stay tiny too but she is about 5 ft 8 in now and I cant stop her from growing no more ..........Just be a good guider along the way and always a soft shoulder when they need Mommyyyyyyyyyyy...........Take care you ....luvs
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   Posted 1/12/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Well my little girl grew up to be 5'2" but she did get older and some guy stole her from me...........but on the good side, I now have 2 gorgeous granddaughters, 14 and 16 and they are both tall.  Taller then their Mom.

Enjoy your moments, and time goes fast when you look back.  :-) ((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))


 
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