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Mike619er
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   Posted 3/29/2011 4:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a consultation appointment with a new therapist today after work.  I am just getting a little nervous about it because I'm completely at a loss for words as to what to say.  I've talked about every problem in my past and everything that upset me with every therapist that I've been to so far.  Why am I just going to go to this therapist and say the exact same things over and over?  I feel like I need a therapist to tell me what to do to get better, not to just listen to me.  Because just listening to me didn't really seem to do much of anything so far.
 
All of you here at the forums have been so helpful as far as just listening to me vent and helping me through the really rough times, that's why I'm reaching out to you now.  You guys probably have the same/if not a better feel for me and my issues/complaints then I do.  A lot of times when I go to the therapist I'll forget a LOT of the stuff that I want to talk about or get off my chest.  Do you guys think that there's anything that I've talked about/complained about that I should definetly bring up to this therapist today?

needasomehelp
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   Posted 3/29/2011 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
maybe when your feeling bad about things, write them down so you know they need to be addressed at the next appointment. its hard to see someone new after telling your story to someone else and you can feel so drained afterwards because you've had to go through everything that has happen in your past and after your emotionally wrecked, i hope the appointment goes well and that you find the answers you need

Precious Gem
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   Posted 3/29/2011 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike, writing things down as they pop into your head is a good idea.  I know what you mean, I hated going to therapy because all I paid them to do was sit and listen to me talk.  I have a dog for that.  I wanted guidelines, suggestions, advice.  I never got it.  I hope the person you are seeing today will be a good one and finds a way to help you feel better.
 
Good luck!  and keep a positive attitude, don't just give up like I did.
 
Gem

Mike619er
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   Posted 3/29/2011 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Haha Gem that's EXACTYL how I feel when I go to these therapists. I feel like it's just such a waste of my time. But I know that I'm still just so messed up and want to get back a little bit of normalcy, so I keep going.

How are you doing without the therapy though? I've thought about trying this but the fear of getting really bad always stop me from trying it

Precious Gem
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   Posted 3/29/2011 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Somedays are great and some suck (oops, can I say that?).  I know some people have a good therapist and do well with it.  I was never that lucky and I finally just jumped into helping myself.  It can be exhausting....  Go to your appoinment today, you never know, this might be the one to turn that light bulb on over your head! idea
 
Gem, let me know how it goes Mike.

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   Posted 3/29/2011 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe I have seen six different therapist (from social workers to psychologists) in my life, and two I didn't do well with. Sometimes I think it is the luck of the draw.

Just remember, they guide us and give us feedback, but it is up to us to do the actual work. Take a list Mike, and if needed take notes during the session. Sometimes it is overwhelming and we don't remember all of it. But I have a feeling that you will do just fine.

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Mike619er
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   Posted 3/29/2011 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Alright well I just got back from the appointment, and after that, an absolute test of my self restraint and anger management.

The appointment went pretty well, I actually like this guy. He did one thing that impressed me and definetly helped me out BIG TIME. I was reading up on all the stupid schizo symptoms and convincing myself that I must indeed be truly ****ed up. I printed out the list of symptoms that I told him I had, and he told me that they were all related to dealing with major anxiety issues. He asked me what was the one reason, more then any other, that made me feel like I was schizo and I told him it was the depersonalization. The fact that I feel totally out of my body and like I'm floating, like nothing is real. He then grabbed a book from the shelf and flipped right to the page about depersonalization and read it to me. I can't remember it word for word, but it basically said that depersonalization is 100% a side effect of anxiety disorder, which is caused by a very high amount of stress/anger/frustration. It also said people who suffer from depersonalization often feel like "they must be going crazy" to feel like this, these people will NEVER go crazy. Although I do believe this for now, and it was very comforting to read from a book in a psychologists office, when I get those feelings its hard NOT to feel that way.

One thing he did mention is that he thinks it might be best for me to try out medicines again, I expressed my problem with them and how I do not really want to be on any sort of constant meds. He said we'll discuss the options when I see him next week and maybe just take an ativan/xanax as needed when I'm really having a rough time.

Then.....the test of my anger/patience

I was driving home from the apponitment and my parents called on my phone, I had it sitting in the cupholder. I reach down and grab it to see who it is, I look up and hte car in front of me stopped short. I brake but it's too late and I hit the woman in front of me's car. She was fine and we called for the cops to exchange information and then her husband came down to the scene to. Here come's superman to the rescue, trying to take over the whole scene and made a very bad move in trying to be sarcastic/insulting to me after all I was to his wife during the whole process was respectful. The first comment he makes is about how my insurance is probably giong to cancel me after this "episode". Then he walks away and goes bakc to his wife, then walks back over to me and says I'm lucky the airbag didn't go off or that woulda cost me another couple of grand. Then he walks back to me again one last time and says "Eh what does it matter, daddy is probably going to pay for it anyway. I don't even have collission on this car"

That was all I could take. I told him to shut the **** up and that I'm gettin no help paying for this accident, and it's not my darn fault that your cheap ass didn't opt in for collision on your car. He gave me a shocked look and I just told him to get the hell out of my face, I've been so stressed out lately with my own problems, and then the guilt of feeling like an idiot for the accident, then trying to do the righ tthing, and having this arrogant piece of crap in my face insulting me....I could have snapped at him. I probably would have if the cop wasn't there.

That's the one thing that concerns me about all of this anxiety problems is my anger issues, they get pretty bad a ttimes. I never had such a temper like I have lately...the therapist said anxiety/anger go hand in hand. Hopefully when I go back next wednesday we can address that some more.

He also did say though that it might be in my best interest to try and stay away from these forums as much as possible, says I'm just surrounding myself by more anxiety/depression by seeing it all the time. Probably right about that, but it's just my current OCD that I can't seem to let go of. Going to give it a try though and cut it down to checking only once a day from now until next week and then maybe even further after.

meauburn2008
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   Posted 3/30/2011 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mike-
I am new to this forum and I began reading your posts when I googled " help I am emotionally damaged", LOL. What a trip to read what sounds like a male version of myself!! My name is even Michele, lol. I live in CT and I have been dealing with depression, anxiety, etc....blah blah, for a very long time. Your sense of humor is very refreshing and I say if you feel that it helps you to post it in this forum-- Please do!! It feels good to know that I am not alone. I enjoy the heck out of your resilience and drive. I too hate taking any kind of drugs/ pills. I work out 4 to 5 times a week at the gym and walk around feeling like I am not from this planet, lol, in the sense that I feel like everyone else is crazy and I some how have a 'grip' of my own little madness. Anyways, thanks for posting your thoughts, experiences, etc.... It really helped me!

Hugs- Michele

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   Posted 3/30/2011 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike,
I think you did really good yesterday, even with the fender bender. Those darn phones are such an interuption. I don't even answer mine when I am driving. I can't drive and talk at the same time. Plus here it is illegal. But just having it ring is distracting. I usually pull off to the side of the road to talk. I have enough trouble concentrating on what I am doing. The other day I jerked on the truck door handle and the whole thing came off. Now we are fixing the brakes. It is always something. I am proud of you though, wanted you to know that. If you feel that you need to take some time off the forum, we do understand. But if not, you are so welcome here. Know that. Just see how you feel.

Michele,

Welcome to the depression forum. I am glad that you have joined us. Such a coincidence that you have the same issues as Mike and your name is Michelle. That is cool. Feel free to start your own thread and introduce yourself if you feel like it. Take care.

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Precious Gem
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   Posted 3/30/2011 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike,  Glad you approintment went well.  Hopefully this guy can help you get on the right track.  Fender Benders are always bad.  sounds like you were trying to be civil and do th right thing.  I finally realized that you cannot take on ever a--hole that you encounter, tons of them out there, must not worth your breath or time.  Sometimes I take long, long breaks from the forums.  I think your Dr. wants you to surround yourself with people that are not always talking out health issues.  It is good to come here and vent and get some advice, but should not be a lifestyle.  Do what you think is best for you.
 
Michelle, welcome.  You and Mike keep each others spirits up!
 
Good day to all
 
Gem
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