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    esti
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    I was suffering from mild depression and mild anxiety. More anxious that lead to depression. Anyway considered going for therapy but didnt have the emotional energy for it. So i spoke to my doctor about taking meds. It took about 6m but with tweaking I’ve bh been feeling great. Originally the goal was to get strong enough on meds to go for therapy but if I’m feeling fine on meds should i still pursue therapy? In the past I found therapy to be so draining. I used to call it open heart surgery.

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    alwaysworried
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    This is an interesting and good question, oh the comparison to open heart surgery, identifiable on occasion. Therapy is not easy but it shouldn’t be consistency that painful. If you imagine going back and speaking about things would be so painful perhaps there is stuff that’s really important to speak about? I’m from the belief that therapy can benefit everyone but if you feel you unready to go now and you’re functioning as well as you’d like then give yourself that time and space. Also why not ask your doctor what he/she thinks? Also, maybe this conversation would help you Extended AMA Discussion with Me 🙂

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    esti
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    In response to alwaysworried's post #6105:

    thank you for chiming in. Its gave me what to think about

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    Chavy
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    In response to alwaysworried's post #6105:

    I agree with @alwaysworried, but i want to add that it might be helpful not viewing therapy as an all-or-nothing thing. Meaning, you may find that you love it and are really benefiting from it. Or, you might find that although therapy is for everyone and anytime, you might find that you don’t feel you need it now and that it’s not necessary. I would go in with an open mind and give a try. Speak to your potential therapist, share your concerns and see what s/he has to say.  Wishing you the best!!

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    Mitchell
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    In response to Chavy's post #6109:

    I agree with both of you. I think therapy can have large benefits compared to medication alone, especially in the long term. However, it shouldn’t feel like a struggle every time, and if it’s that the case that’s probably something you should talk about with your doctor or potential therapist.

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    In general, ongoing negative emotional feelings can serve as symptoms of inner, needed adjustments, just as consistent physical pain is just a symptom of an inner problem that needs to be dealt with.You want to fix the problem, not just it’s outer manifestation.

    Medication alone may help feel better while taking it but it will never give you the quality of life you can have thru learning how to live life; getting to know yourself better; and add some meaning to your life. This is besides possible negative side affects.

    With emotional pain it’s either wrong beliefs, thoughts and feelings that need correction, or the lack of ability to handle emotions. And very often those two are close friends…

    It may make sense to start off with learning some tools on handling emotions, then, after habituating them and living more naturally and freely, move on to look inside, do some work and have a life!

    On your past experience with therapy I would ask myself a few questions to get a clear picture.

    Were you comfortable with the therapist? felt believed? were you able to be vulnerable and feel fully accepted?

    Were you physically well at the time?

    It’s possible that with a different therapist or approach you would handle it better now. So why not do some research? Finding the right therapist can take some time or effort, but it’s well worth it.

     

    Agree w/ many of the excellent points

    For a long term ‘fix’ a few months of therapy  may have a longer-lasting effect than meds & could provided you with tools to ward off future occurrences.

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