should I see a therapist?

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   Posted 4/8/2007 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
if you have to pay for it, seeing a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist is of doubtful benefit, although sometimes a psychiatrist may be more likely to prescribe valium type meds, and may be useful for signing forms re financial help due to your anxiety making work difficult
all therapists or "talk cure" experts can be divided into 2 groups, those who just sit and listen and those who also talk back.
IMO those who just sit and listen arent worth much at all as you can get the same benefit by propping up an inflatable doll in a chair and talking to it......
those who talk back and do give helpful advice can be useful, but some dont really know much about  anxiety or panic disorder
some who specialise in the above know all about it because they still suffer from  it. many sufferers  are drawn to study psychology in an effort to fix their own psychological problems. some go on to become qualified psychologists without ever curing themselves. in other words, some of them are still having panic attacks, despite specialising in their cure.
 as an ex panic attack sufferer, I cant be fooled
the cost of one visit to a psychologist will buy several anxiety and panic attack self help recovery books, the books or recovery courses are a better investment, IMO
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   Posted 4/8/2007 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I really agree with your accessment overall! I went to a therapist (different ones over the years) and NONE helped me with my panic disorder at all! I recently went ot one (after having gone thru some more hard bouts) and although she was nice, she didn't seem to know much about anxiety per se, in my opinion. I learned a whole lot more from Dr. Weekes' books!So if a person SHOULD find a therapist and feels that he/she is helpful, great, but most likely, they'll find more help with boks!
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   Posted 4/9/2007 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I only see my GP and psychiatrist and in the UK, we don't need to pay for this. I don't see a therapist and we can get these on the national health but there are a lot of private therapists that charge a lot per hour.
My GP is great for everything really and I really truest her and have a good relationship with her.

I agree with you harry on the cost of seeing a therapist as I certainly wouldn't pay for someone to tell me how to think! I can be very skeptical! I would rather spend the money on complimentary treatment such as reflexology or reiki to help my anxiety.
My psych prescribes my meds and my GP sorts the repeat prescription and they are both good to talk to. I think its terrible how people in the states etc have to pay for seeinga doctor. The NHS should be available everywhere IMO.

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   Posted 4/9/2007 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   

The therapists that just sit and listen are not worth the money that people pay. On that note, I agree. Those that really engage in a conversation can be a real help to some people. I accept that some of them are a waste of time but not all of them. Simply talking through problems (Such as irrational beliefs) can help some people lead a better life.

I am currently studying to become a qualified professional psychologist here in the UK and I would hate to think that I was taking peoples money but not making a difference to their lives. Thats almost like fraud or robbery.

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