When seeing a therapist once a week isnt enough

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   Posted 9/13/2007 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there_

For the past 5-6 years I've been seeing the same psychiatrist close on average once a week. She has had to maternity leaves, and there have been rough patches when i would see here a couple times a week.

Recently, she was going on vacation and i had a terrible relapsing into panic and anxiety. So bad that i had to talk to her everyday sometimes a few times a day by phone. When she went on vacation she recommended that i go to this outpatient program at the hospital near by. I was freaked out at first (I was in a panic state, everything and anything new was scary as heck) but went. After a few days i really started grooving there. While it wasnt amazing in a sense of what i was taught, it was really amazing what it did for my mental health at the time. Having to be somewhere everyday, with a schedule of activities that were done as a group all based around coping mechanism for depression, anxiety, panic, you name it. Also, there were individual session that were great. Anyways, i took some time off work and spent a few weeks participating in this. It was great...

Now I want more. I've been back at work for 3 weeks and this week has been tough again. I'm having a hard time coping and I know I cant go back to the outpatient program. My therapist also told me that she can not take calls on certain days now, and i totally understand. Those are her days off and she is setting some boundaries (necessary from a logical stand point -- panic mind wants more though :)

So know I'm searching for more. I want to find a place where i can go when i feel bad. Almost like a drop in clinic or something. I'm searching the city for something like this, but havent found much. I'm in a mental place where i want access to help or support (other than the wonderful community here) whenever i need it.

So i'm searching and will keep people posted. I wonder if anyone else feels the same way? Feel like medications, and therapy isnt enough or needing a bit more support. Maybe its time for a new therapist... And a new job :D Now i'm rambling...

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   Posted 9/14/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   


Good Morning. Do you have an local support groups through your clinic or hospitals.  Usually there are some day care support groups you can attend.  I know you are searching and I hope you find what you need.

I find that helping other people such as we do on Healing Well keeps me focused on others and not dwelling on me.

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   Posted 9/14/2007 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Dan
Most hospitals or clinics do have an outpatient group that will have support groups for what you are looking for as Kitt has posted

Have you tried any self help techniques that have been on the forum .......

CBT is great I was the biggest SKEPTIC till i went and finally tried it and now I have gotten so far it is unbelievable

Call your local Mental Health association as well to ask about support groups ...........

Keep posting and let us help you thru ok
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