GAD seemed to vanish right when I started therapy.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with GAD, and I've been in therapy for 3-4 weeks now. The thing is, right around when I started therapy, I stopped having the physical symptoms associated with anxiety: I don't have the chest pain anymore, and I sleep better unless I'm very stressed (about school generally). I worry less about the state of my mental well-being. I like therapy, but now I feel self-conscious seeing a therapist about anxiety when I don't really have anxiety, and I'm not really sure where we're going in our sessions anymore. She asked me what it was that I really wanted to focus on: CBT strategies for anxiety, working through past issues, or strategies for ADD. I'm not even really sure that there is anything wrong with me, but I just find it comforting to have someone to check in with so that the only person worrying about me isn't--just--me. I'm not sure if I should stick with therapy since I feel generally okay, but at the same time I don't really want to stop going to therapy at all. There is mostly just a little part of me that feels out of sorts somehow, but I don't know why and I'm not sure that my therapist could help with that. I think she is getting frustrated with me. We've come up with potential issues to address, but none of them seem to fit, and it's like I'm shutting down on them, and I'm pretty sure my therapist doesn't really know why I'm in her office. It's mostly just embarrassing. Is therapy worth the trouble? Should I be doing something else? Any thoughts/input?

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   Posted 11/1/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kaleido, you sound somewhat like me except that I haven't been in therapy... but if you're worrying about yourself, having generalized anxiety, I see nothing wrong with therapy. It sounds like it may be helping you since you're not feeling the physical symptoms anymore. Actually, you describe a problem that I'm trying to overcome, which is feeling self-conscious about asking for help and maybe thinking you don't really need it or deserve it. If you feel comforted by going to therapy so that someone else is helping you look after yourself, stick with it... feeling out of sorts means we need help, and there's no shame in asking for it. If this particular therapist isn't working for you, see if you can find a counselor who might just be willing to let you talk things out instead of focusing so much in diagnosing specific issues or trying to put a name to your anxiety. You don't have to give your anxiety a name to deserve to get help with it. And keep talking with us here.

Take care,

Betsy (-:

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   Posted 11/1/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kaleido and Welcome!!!

I have GAD and the CBT plus relaxation, and other self help stuff has really been helping me too. . . I've noticed a huge difference within a weeks time :) I am so happy and amped because I feel good and my body is healing quickly :) Try and "yoga" like relaxation techniques and breathing techniques for calming yourself down when needed, and you will see an even bigger difference :) Just search for free relaxation music and techniques, and you will come across quite a few!!! The best of luck to you and your recovery, because full recovery IS possible for all of us, and will happen when we learn to quit running from our irrational fears. We are going to all be okay:)
God Bless!!!

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   Posted 11/1/2008 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't add anything to the fantastic replies you've gotten from Betsy and Sam! Wow - you two hit the nail right on the head in my book.

Really, kaleido, you do get to choose whatever is working best for you. Don't let those guilt or uncertainty feelings twist you up into thinking you have to please your therapist. Her job is to help you. If it's truly not working, you will be able to tell (you've said it does make you feel more looked after), or she will come right out and suggest someone else to you. But it truly is about what makes things better for you, not for her.


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   Posted 11/1/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kaleido,

Welcome to HealingWell, I am Kitt.  I wonder if knowing you were going to have one person in your life to share your fears and anxiety has made you feel less anxious. I sense you  feel you would still like to hold on to the connection as your not sure the Anxiety will not come back if you let go.
Therapy can teach you skills to cope with anxiety and panic should they rear their ugly heads down the road. You can also talk about your past experiences and find out that you have many ways to ward off feeling sad, alone, and anxious. You can relook at some past situations where you might see how differnt it might have been if you knew how to deal with anxiety.
It feels a bit to me like you are transferring your anxiety to your therapist and she will take care of it. 
I know you can learn from therapy if you keep your mind open to talking with your therapist and building a trust relationship.
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   Posted 11/1/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt, your point is interesting about transferring anxiety to a helper, therapist, etc. I had not considered that aspect of this type of situation. Could you say more about finding a healthy and balanced relationship with someone who is helping in this way? After reading your comments, I am thinking about times when I've been anxious and talked out my feelings with someone, only to find that later I feel guilty about pouring it all out to someone and realizing that I have still not really faced the problem, only told someone about it who may or may not really want to help.


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   Posted 11/1/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I can honestly answer that question.I believe
I call Kitt and she calls me
We pour our hearts out to one another
Yes sometimes we feel ( both) guilty for laying on one another or at least we did
Our calls are a daily thing and we do get so much from each other..........

I find she and talking with her does help
me to put things in perspective

I do talk with many others and have made so many Close friends as well here
I am sure you will too............

"Friends are Cheaper Than Therapists lol"
Seriously you do need to have a good honest connection with a therapist or someone you totally trust........

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   Posted 11/2/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your perspective, Lyn, I appreciate it.
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