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   Posted 4/23/2007 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I stopped going to counseling at the beginning of the year when my health insurance changed... the psychologist I had seen several times was not covered. It is almost May and I have not restarted counseling. I just don't want to talk about myself... I just don't want to do stupid exercises and dwell on myself. I end up not liking the counselor, even if I liked her in the beginning.

I still see the psychiatrist every several weeks so he can make sure I am not suicidal, etc. I take my Lexapro, even though I really don't want to. Whenever I think I have missed a dose, I feel all anxious, with chest pains, etc. That's really the only time I feel terrible.

what should I do? is it ok to just take medications and do nothing else? I wish I didn't have to take pills, because I think they make me sleepy.

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   Posted 4/23/2007 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
  HI Daisysmom
 I think that learning your CBT is very importent to do as no one wants to be on meds all there live and having these tools can get you though your anxiety problem as well as seeing your psychiatrist, but there are miny self help books out there if you feel that you wish to go that way along with the support from the miny ppl here on HW and I hope you stick around.
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   Posted 4/23/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   

I take meds for depression and anxiety and do not see a counselor.  I have seen one a couple of times but can't afford it now so I just take the meds.  I probably should be in counseling but am doing ok without it.  My internal medicine doctor prescribes my antidepressants and Xanax.


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   Posted 4/23/2007 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I think counseling works for some people, but not others. At some point I think people need do need to take the focus off themselves. Well, maybe not all people...but some.

If you feel better without the counseling, I guess don't go or at least take a break from it. Discuss it with your psychiatrist.

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   Posted 4/23/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I think if you wanna feel better and you dont already feel better you need to try something new... be that to add counceling or something thats your choice
CBT would probably help. If we hope to live without meds we need tools for coping etc . Maybe you just havent found the right therapist. Perhaps you need one to work more on skills than talking about why or how you got the way you are
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   Posted 4/24/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   

to daisysmum

those 7 day pill containers with a compartment for each day are very helpful as you can see whether you took todays pills or not

just fill it up once  a week

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   Posted 4/25/2007 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   

thanks for the suggestions. i had a counselor who supposedly practiced CBT, but I don't think she really did much. She told me to read David Burns' Feeling Good, which at the time I thought was really helpful.

My last counselor was not into CBT or David Burns.

I am sick of feeling this way. Like they say in 12 step, sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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