Post # 31
I have had problems with anxiety and depression and went to therapy for at least a few months. I did find that it helped to talk to someone, and I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling to cope because of anxiety/depression issues. To be honest, I think that medication helped more than therapy, but doing both together worked well for me.
I’m sorry you’re struggling with work. I’ve been there and it is a terrible thing, as you spend so much of your time at work and if you’re in a bad work environment it has a huge impact on your life and emotional state. While I do recommend seeing a therapist, if your work situation is causing/exacerbating your mental health issues, you really need to get out of there.
Post # 32
I’ve seen a few on and off for most of my adult life. It’s really nice to say what you want to someone who is completely unbiased. If you are having issues at work they can help you work through that and can help you in transitioning from one job to another.
Just a heads up that anxiety specific meds can be very addictive.
Post # 33
rosesareyellowandpink: My therapist said similar things to me about my PTSD. I was going to suggest to the OP to try out a few therapists. I stayed with mine too long. She was okay. If i went back to therapy, I’d find another! She tried EMDR on me for PTSD.
Also, in our first appointment she suggested anxiety medicine and depression medicine without really knowing my whole story. I refused and we worked through it a little more. I had/have depression and anxiety from losing my son last year.
Post # 34
I took advantage of my employer’s Employee Assistance Program and had 3 (out of 4 free) counseling sessions with an LPC (licensed professional counselor). I was trying to figure out whether to go to grad school or not. She helped me talk through it and I ended up going to school – working on my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, which is counseling but focuses on marriage and families.
In my first class, it was said that counselors need to experience GOOD therapy so they know what to provide future clients. I am considering going to therapy, short-term, to address some issues I have concerning worrying.
I think therapy can be very beneficial and don’t think it has the stigma it used to. You don’t have to have a severe mental illness to get something out of therapy – though it definitely can help people with bipolar, PTSD, etc.
Post # 35
FreckledFox: i really feel like therapists go about treating PTSD all wrong, forcing someone to watch videos that cause triggers over and over and talking about things that cause triggers non stop doesn’t just make you numb to that.. It made ME numb to everything. When I started therapy, I had no signs of depression, but after when I went back to my neurologist, I was diagnosed with SEVERE depression and told to immediatley cease treatment.. And I’ve been on anti-depressants ever since which is something I really didn’t want to do..
I guess the point of my story, OP, is try a few out like FreckledFox said (love that name BTW) and if it feels wrong or not like a good fit, it IS wrong!
Post # 36
rosesareyellowandpink: Agree! Once I stopped wanting to go to therapy, thats when I knew she wasn’t the right fit. I was with her from Aug – December, a few times a month. I knew something was off from our third session when I left feeling worse, but she (and others) assured me that it was from bringing up past bad memories). There is definitely a “breaking in period”, but it should get better. 🙂
Post # 37
I think therapy in which you talk to a professional only benefits certain personality types. Spending hundreds of dollars per hour to talk to someone all about you, you, you is a VERY indulgent thing and I don’t think it’s beneficial for people who have narcissistic or obsessive personality traits. Professionals are trained to remain quite objective so all that hour does is enable the person to continue making things all about them. These types should be encouraged to participate in things rather than indluge in an hour of me time, IMO.
Now, for other personality types I think it’s EXTREMELY helpful. Some people have no ear and need professional guidance.
I speak from somewhat personal experience in that as a diagnosed narcissist with extreme OCD and minor BPD tendencies, I was told to refrain from the former type of therapy.