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LALady
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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all! Just updating....
 
I had my therapy session this morning and have to say, it went so well that I am in a great mood and very hopeful.
 
My therapist decided that we are going to switch from CBT to insight therapy which will permit me to delve more deeply into my past in order to root out the sources of my anxiety. While she said this won't give the quick fix that CBT would, this will be a better therapy tool for me in the long term. She felt because of my propensity to analyze everything and natural gravitation toward making logical connections between my thoughts, actions and feelings already, that CBT may be too superficial for me. I need something more challenging to make me really think about my issues and be honest with myself. In other words, I need a talk therapy that is more akin to psychotherapy. I'm intrigued, so, I"m going to give it a whirl. It's a longer form of therapy, but I trust my therapist's judgment. She's really great.
 
Also, it has been determined the celexa is giving me a drug rash :( I am supposed to wean off it. Then we'll reassess whether I need meds at that point. Still going to take the klonopin when I need it though.
 
Hanging in there and hoping it gets better every day.
 
Hope everyone is having a nice Tuesday :)


27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: 30 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin


stkitt
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   Posted 7/21/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   

bela,

Good for you. I am so glad you have a good relationship with your therapist.  Switching therapies sounds like the right thing for you so go for it.  Sometimes spending the extra time is worth it and for you it does sound like a good move.

You have all of us cheering you on.  Bless you.

Kitt


 

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Hibee
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   Posted 7/21/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi
 
I am really pleased you are finding therapy so helpful and worthwhile and agree it is important to have a good relationship with your therapist as that way it is easier to be hounest with yourself.  Keep up the good work and i wish you all the best.
 
Ben

LALady
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   Posted 7/21/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the encouragement Kitt and Ben!
 
It's true, being honest with myself, while difficult at times, is going to help me move forward tremendously.
 
I will keep you posted of my progress :)
27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: 30 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin


Aries8
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   Posted 7/23/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, there! Long time no hear from! Glad to hear you're enthusiastic about your therapy. That's important. You're staying positive which is always good. I hope work is calming down and that you're finding time for yourself.
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jk1119
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   Posted 7/23/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you belablue - I still need to get a therapist, I've had a few in the past, but never really seemed to connect with them, my last one did some EMDR therapy, which was good, especially for delving into past issues, he also felt that CBT was not appropriate. I was a social worker for 10 years, so I was very familiar with both CBT and DBT, almost too much so. It is interesting how some therapists just want to work on the here and now and others find that dealing with the core issues are most important. I've had both and don't really know what to think, I think it depends on how dire the most recent stuff is and whether you are at a spot to be dealing with past stuff. Sometimes if you're not then it may throw you back into a crisis or whatever. Anyway, best of luck, let me know how it's going and I'm going to continue to search for a therapist.

LALady
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   Posted 7/23/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everyone for your support!

I think you're right in your assessment, JK. I am ready to confront the underlying issues that are presenting themselves now as hiccups in my ability to maintain my sanity on a daily basis. I didn't really ever consider how much my childhood and influences from my upbringing affected my self-perceptions, expectiations, relationships, etc because my childhood was wonderful and my parents amazing people. But, it goes to show that when you diverge from the person your parents want you to be, it takes a lot of growing pains for some of us to see that distinction. (I am totally talking about myself, yes.)

I have very perfectionist, successful, anal-retentive parents who had such high expectations and great plans for me that my wants and other components of my personality were either thrown to the wayside or greeted with a "that's a nice hobby, but you don't want to do that forever." Plus, their interference with every relationship I've had with a man is unnerving. I lost someone I loved dearly and was considering marrying because of their view of him as not being good enough for me. I am in a wonderful relationship now and happy and I can see the red flags cropping up already. I'm scared to lose this amazing man like I lost the last one.

Okay, sorry for the verbal dirrhhea...but it feels good to confront things openly.

Aries- I am finding more balance in my life, thank you :) I went camping last weekend and reconnected to myself and the earth. It restored my faith in this life and permitted me to regain perspective. Also saw Coldplay last week (one of my fave bands) which also reminded me of the beautiful things in life. I find so much solace and inspiration in music...especially the cerebral sort.


27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: 30 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin

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