First appointment with a therapist today...

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CluelessJournalist
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   Posted 5/5/2008 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I visited a therapist for the first time (previously had only been seeing a psychiatrist.)

I don't know, man.

Asking all these questions about "risky behavior," impulsive behavior, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, "inability to express anger," feeling anti-social, and some stuff that I do that I can't discuss here....

She said something about how "the anxiety makes so much sense."

I'm worried she's going to drop the personality disorder diagnosis on me. I've always known I'm probably borderline and maybe schizoid. I'm a psych minor, so I know a lot about both and the diagnostic criteria for them, and I swear, the questions were all so geared toward both disorders. Which would make sense, since she works in the same office as my psychiatrist and she had a pretty good point to start with...

It's just kinda scary — personality disorders are so hard to treat because they're such ingrained, psychological things that can rarely, if ever be treated with medication. If anxiety was my only problem, even bipolar, at least meds could make me feel more stable. But she ruled out BP today.

Needed to vent.

jordaNZone
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   Posted 5/6/2008 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you had a rough day visiting the therapist...sheesh..all those questions - feels very invasive..but I guess she was trying to establish a profile of you so she has info to work with on your next visit.
Remember the choice is yours..if you don't feel comfortable with this therapist - there are generally plenty to choose from.
Here's a question..Are therapists qualified to make diagnosis about BP etc.?
Anyhow I feel proud that you took the big step going to a therapist and wish you well.
Keep us posted as to your progress.
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stkitt
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   Posted 5/6/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   

CluelessJournalist

Good Morning.  Therapist always spend time at the first couple of visits and most of them use a standard intake form to gather your info so they can get a snapshot of what you are about and what your life looks like.  It helps them chose what type of therapy may be best for you.  Therapist don't dx although they may make comments it is the PDoc that makes the dx.

I am so proud of you for going, kudos to you.  It took my therapist 2 vists to complete my intake and I felt like those first 2 visits were wasted as I did not feel like it was therapy...............hang on.  It will happen and then you will see how much better it feels.

Try not to over think your first experiences.  You have all of us supporting you.  Please stick with us.

Kitt


 


 
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CluelessJournalist
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   Posted 5/6/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually liked her a lot — and I knew she had to ask the questions she asked. I even volunteered extra information because I have so many self-destructive problems I know I should get rid of.

It's weird how detached I feel when I talk about "my issues" though. It's almost like I'm talking about someone else, and like my part of me is a puppeteer taking the rest of me for a ride for the heck of it. But I guess if the detached part of me knows I need help (my bulimia is flat-out destroying my life; it's just taken me forever to realize it) then feeling detached can't be too bad, can it?

I don't know. As nervy as it makes me, I'd kind of like her to tell my psych I'm borderline. Things would make so much more sense If I had a name for all the oddness.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/6/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   

I remember my first couple of times when my therapist was asking all the intake info I had to remain detached and it felt like I was talking about someone else too.  If I started to think "that is me, the person I am describing"  I would have just sat there and cried as the person I described sound so hopeless and pitiful.  I did learn to talk about me and get it all out through therapy and except that I was not the person I had believed myself to be as I had been told by others since I was a child that I was not a good person.  I learned to throw out the old garbage and know that I am worthy just as you will soon be learning about yourself.

Take care and keep posting.

Hugs,

Kitt


 
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percycat
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   Posted 5/8/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Clueless,

So long as you like your therapist, hang in there and be patient through these first few meetings. And remember, she's going to do her very best to help you feel better, no matter what your diagnosis turns out to be. Sometimes therapy sessions may bring out things that hurt or make you uncomfortable, but the point is not just to make you feel those things. The hope is that by identifying what the deep-down problems are, we and our therapists will be able to take action to change those things.

I've been in therapy for both depression and anxiety, and they can operate differently sometimes. Try to trust that your therapist has your healing in mind. So long as you believe that, I think you should stay with her.

Good luck!
percycat

wen4003
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   Posted 5/8/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi There,
 
You've gotten some great advice and I can't offer much more than to reiterate what has already been said.  The first couple of seem to be kind of weird because of the whole intake process, but it's a necessity.  Then when you get into the actual therapy, that's when you get into the nitty-gritty stuff and it can be difficult, to say the least.  But if you stick with it, it will help you in the long run.  It may take awhile to get through everything, but it will be worth it.  Best of luck to you and keep posting to let us know how you are doing.
 
Take care,
Wen

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