My therapy appointment...

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Celey
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   Posted 5/7/2010 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Finished talking with my therapist not too long ago... I feel like I've made some progress... My therapist has talked to me about PTSD... And she thinks I am matching up with a lot of the symptoms... She said we're going to take things slow... And that next appointment we might try doing a "trauma narrative"... She's trying to get me in to see my psychiatrist sooner... Until then, she's made a list of things I can do to help myself... *She seemed pretty impressed that there's already a lot of things that I do to try to help myself get through this kind of thing*
 
1. Deep breathing (to keep myself calm)
 
2. Writing stories (I write stories as a hobby, which I told her... And while I already knew that I'm probably subconsciously being driven by my feelings while I write... I didn't realize exactly how much I was working through my problems with my story ideas. She picked up on it right away when I was telling her about my story ideas, though...)
 
3. Short walks (endorphins... it's good cardiovascular exercise, too... and may help me get more energy)
 
4. New message to self: "I can conquer the flood." (I described my guilt as being like a flood...)
 
5. Focus on thinking: Switch internal dialogue from "I feel, I should, I should have, etc." to "I think I can ignore the feeling for now."
 
6. If you want, keep a dream journal
 
7. Study (Finals week is next week... She wants me to do well)
 
At least, I got some kind of focused direction to go in now...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Nanners
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   Posted 5/7/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad to hear your therapy appointment went well. I really like her ideas, I think she gave you some good pointers. I go see my therapist next Tuesday, and I can't wait. I haven't seen her in about a year, and she helped me so much last time, hoping she will again. Big hugs to you Celey!
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Celey
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   Posted 5/7/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Nanners... I hope your therapy appointment goes well, too! *I am kinda anxious about the trauma narrative thing, though... she did say we'd take things slow... It is good that I'm going to have a break before summer classes start... (My next appointment is after my finals)*

I need to try and get to the pharmacy... Wednesday, I went to the doctor.... I got an antibiotic for my UTI (Yep, I have one... I knew it)... and I also told the doctor about how much I've been crying lately... So... he prescribed me something called Respidol? (Not sure if I spelled that right)....

Hopefully, I can get those filled soon....
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Celey
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   Posted 5/7/2010 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I really like her... She seems very nice... And we kinda just hit it off well... So, I'm feeling pretty good about it...

..... //>.>\\'... There is one problem, though... It won't be too long now before I'll be needing a new therapist....

The fall semester will be my last semester at this college (which is a 2-year college)... I'll be transferring to a university... and it's going to be several miles away... still in the same state... but impractical in terms of getting an appointment set up with her...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


debaser
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   Posted 5/7/2010 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
That's really terrific. Very glad to hear you found someone you like. Lots of time between now and the end of the Fall semester...make the most of it!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/7/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
So happy your session was so great it sounds like a lot of fantastic input to go with
as debaser said there is time so keep taking those steps n make the most out of yr time with her
keep us posted
lyn

Old Hippy
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   Posted 5/8/2010 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with all of the above posts--sounds like you are doing well and taking the steps in stride. Going through transition of any kind is not easy... You will be attending a new school and that in itself, can be unsettling, but I feel like you will do well... Just don't put too much pressure on yourself, sounds like you have been dealing ok so far...I have faith that you will continue doing so, if not, we are here. take care...
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