Are you seeing a psychologist?

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   Posted 11/5/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I don't have one at the moment but I think I need one badly.

I feel like I am having a minor breakdown, things just never stop its always something new wrong with me and I just can't handle it anymore :(

Do you she a psychologist regularly or do you just take some nice pills?

Would be nice to hear from you and how you are doing.
25 year old female
Diagnosed with :
Endometriosis march 2007
Anxiety disorder august 2007
CD/UC they dont know witch October 2008
Autoimmune Hepatitis in July 2009
And now they think I have Lupus :S

Medication - Asacol, Pariet, Cipralex and Cerazette.
Past medication Remicade
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   Posted 11/5/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Isergodur,

I am not seeing a therapist at the moment but I was about a year or so ago. I developed anxiety related to Crohns, and thru therapy and the occasional help of Xanax I am now better able to control the anxiety. Its not uncommon for us to feel depressed or anxious with this dd, so don't feel bad if you feel you need some help therapeutically or medically. Big Hugs!

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 11/5/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I take pills to manage my anxiety as needed (xanax .25 mgs), and talk to friends, and read self help books. It is very normal to feel down. I feel that way too. First ulcerative proctitis, then c-diff, then crohn's, now I wonder what! I definitely feel like my life is way off the course that I envisioned, and feel completely overwhelmed and out of control. But thankfully with good friends, and family, I manage to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I definitely have had to accept that my life is never going to be what I thought it would be - but I am trying to make the best of the abysmal set of cards that we have been dealt.

Chip up girlie. Things will hopefully settle into a new normal. You will make it. In the meantime, don't feel bad about needing someone to talk to, or having to take some drugs to help you see the better side of life every now and then.

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Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
In Remission since June 2008
Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
C-diff free, until Sep 2, 2009
Fighting c-diff, I guess for life

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   Posted 11/5/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not seeing a psychologist but I'm thinking about looking into what kind of counselling is offered through my school... I've been feeling really down lately and don't want to just unload it all over my family!
19 y/o female, diagnosed crohns december 2008
currently taking 500 mg pentasa 4x daily

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   Posted 11/5/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I see a psychologist and psychiatrist, mainly due to PTSD but have found it very helpful getting thru this last year with Crohns. I highly recommend professional help :)
24 female, dx w/CD finally in July 2009, currently taking remicade, prednisone to counteract side-effects of remicade, pentasa, cipro, flagyl, probiotics, celexa, bentyl, and biofeedback.
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   Posted 11/5/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
There are chronic illness specialists that can really help with the psychological aspects of this disease. Generally a combination of medication and therapy have the best results, but given that most psych meds are a little hard on the G.I. tract it can be challenging to find one that works for you. Furthermore, it is also a matter of finding the right therapist for you, because it can take several interviews with different therapists.

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   Posted 11/5/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Never lay down on a shrinks couch and spill your guts . The clean up is terrible and the leather will smell bad for months. Maybe this is why they charge so much.
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   Posted 11/5/2009 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I have seen a therapist in the past for my anxiety and depression but not for my Crohn's related issues. I realized recently that I still haven't really dealt with the emotional impact of the disease in all these years so...I've made an appointment to start getting counseling for a number of things, Crohn's being one of them. I am also thinking about going to a Crohn's support group that meets once a month just to have some more support.

Finding a good therapist can be hard. I've seen half a dozen in my life and only really liked one of them. I suggest giving it a try but know that they are all different and if you don't feel like it's helping...just know that you might find someone better. I also take lorazepam as needed for my anxiety and they've just started me on effexor (for depression and anxiety) which seems to help so far.

Like MMMNavy said, a combination of therapy and drugs is usually the most effective. Not everyone has time for therapy and not everyone wants to take medications but you will find something that works for you. There are also a lot of different medications that you can general SSRI's have not worked for me but there are other options.

Just know that you aren't alone! <3
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   Posted 11/6/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I'm not seeing anyone yet but when this is all over i think i will need to  this year has been very traumatic for me both physically and emotionally and feel that everything is going to come out once i am back to the normal me! and have time to reflect, where as at the moment i am just dealing with things the best i can , i am on Citalopram 60mg but still waiting for it to kick in. Bev x  
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal 1st week of Jan. Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid,  citalopram 60mg (for Anxiety.)

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   Posted 11/6/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't yet but I have a call in right now. I just switched insurance (one high risk pool to another state's high risk pool) and have to wait until I get the coverage. But, I am also taking a small dose of both Zoloft and Buspirone. I've taken Ativan (Lorazepam) on and off, but trying not to. It's too easy for me to get used to and then I can't sleep without it. Of course, I can't sleep without something anyway. I typically take Unisom (doxylamine - an antihistamine) to sleep. My mind races like crazy at night.

I've been on the Zoloft/Buspar for a couple months now. It does seem to stabilize my moods... I resisted meds and counseling for so long. I felt like I would be fine if only I could get "well" (closer to remission). That never happens for me, so I finally had to realize that I need help.

Take care of you. You know if you would benefit from some help. It's not a weakness to take care of oneself emotionally and mentally any more than it is to take other meds for Crohn's. Hang in there!
1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
Compounded budesonide 3mg/daily, Started Cimzia first dose 2/10/09. Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 11/6/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
yep i see one and take nice pills. I have been deep in depression and the doctor really helped me out of that funk. i recommend it highly it truely has helped me. It took me a while to open up but once i did i felt better. i hope things get better for you and you find a good doc!

best wishes and health!
28 yrs old
Crohn's since June 2005
Relapse/flare up since Oct. 2007
Been on Humira, Pentasa, Asocol. Prednisone, Entocort, Imuran, Protonix, various anxiety meds, painkillers
  Surgery on March 6th and again on march 9th small bowel resection with added ostomey bag.
New surgery scheduled for Oct. 13th 2009 to remove ostomey bag and part of colon.  crohns has moved from small bowel to transeverse colon.

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