Greetings and felicitations! This thread is simple. It’s a bit of an embarrassing topic for me, so I’ll cut to the chase. Best to just come out
and be honest. So without further stalling to diffuse the awkwardness of this topic…let’s talk a little bit about psychological and/or psychiatric
I have discussed it more than once on ATS, but what I am seeking today is some useful advice from those who have experience with ongoing clinical
I am going to cut right through the mustard: while I am generally very bubbly and optimistic, I never paid close attention to what was fermenting
underneath, a mess of self-doubt, anxiety, and depression. I also became more aware of my juggling act between mania and depression. I never once
before thought of myself as being bipolar, unstable, or even depressed in any sense of the word. I always just blamed my grumpy mood on my
Having said all that I decided to try clinical therapy with a psychologist. The difference of course between psychologist and psychiatrist is the
methodology, namely, use of prescribed medications. I have been truly happy and content before, which leads me to believe I am not facing a chemical
imbalance; this is why I chose a psychologist.
Okay so here’s the twist, I actually seem to be a bit worse off after a few months of therapy. I feel even lower now than before. My question to
others with more experience, is this normal?
I am determined to stick with this doctor, as I am mostly comfortable with him and do like his approach. On the other hand, I sometimes feel he isn't
quite listening and absorbing what I have to say. I don't fully agree with a lot of his statements and interpretations. And once or twice I sensed
some genuine frustration on his part, which wasn't very encouraging to me. I just feel even worse coming out of his office. I have started to dread
going in there. I am more tentative opening up to him now. What should I do? I don’t think turning away from clinical therapy is the right thing to
do right now.
Are my feelings of trepidation and discomfort because I’m starting to examine things about myself I previously ignored and suppressed?
I am taking a break right now from our sessions, and I actually feel quite a bit better these few weeks knowing I don’t have any appointments for a
while. I feel better! I am at ease and feel happier, more optimistic, and refreshed.
So what gives? Again, is this normal during the first few months? Is this a sign I should drop out? Maybe find a new doctor? I’m not quite sure what
to make of this. All I know is I feel better right now, and am not looking forward to my next appointments.
Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions.
edit on 4-9-2014 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)