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So, you've decided to maybe consider seeking help?  It really is normal to feel nervous and apprehensive about it.  Many of us have been there at one point or another.  Here's a peek at some threads about seeking help:

scully22

What are good ways of figuring out who to go to and who not to. Any questions to ask them? Patient turnover maybe? Ugh this sucks.

Ashten

oh god! in less then six hours I have an appt with a brand new therapist. I cant sleep, im SO nervous.  I feel sick. I don't want to go. I was kind of excited earlier, and now Im nervous as hell.  What if she hates me!?  I've never had a woman therapist before...My old one was a guy and my pdoc is male (though one of his associates is female, and I like her) oh god!   I'm so nervous. What if I cant talk to her?  aughhh why do i get so nervous about everything!?
 

~:bubbles:~

ok, so i have decided a while ago that i need to see a therapist cos i am cracking up big time and struggling to even live day to day and all kinda shit is going on in my head, so i have been wanting to get some help, the thing is i am scared to make the call to make an appointment, i've been saying for the past 3 or more weeks that i'm gonna go to the doctor and get referred, but now i think i will go through a private clinic, i dunno,. please just send me some strength to be able to make the call.

mask

Saw the Pdoc today, told him I was not going to see my T anymore. I am tired of paying to hear about her life and am still in essentially the same place I was in 3 years ago.

Due to the content of our conversation, he feels it is in my best interest to continue therapy. He recommended another therapist in his practice. I see her next week. Not excited at all about this.

I am going to do my best to be honest with this, as I think I tried to please my prior T. I didn't want to worry her. How stupid is that?

So this is my promise to myself that I will be as truthful as possible.

lsdvn

Okay, I've made up my mind and I'm going to find a therapist. ~ That statement for me is the equivalent of saying, I'm going to cut off my arm and poke out an eye. ~~ Yikes, I'm scared.   I know if I do this, I will probably have the courage to only do it once. I really want to get it right the 1st time around.  How do you pick someone? Can you interview them?  What's it like? -- I'm sure a lot better at this Anon writing thing.

this is me

I have had to deal with the pdoc. at the hospital but I am hoping that this one will listen to me as I am paying for this visit. But I don't know what to expect. I am on a AD that my reg. Doc gave me so I am hoping that this pdoc doesn't change my med but I don't know what to expect. Could someone let me know what I need to bring with me or what questions to expect.

pita

I see my T today. I am looking forward to it.... I am NOT looking forward to it.

I feel like nothing will help me at this point. I also think that since I am not taking my medications, I have no right to ask for help.

I look forward to going because I still need the crutch to get me through from week to week.

I feel like a burden, a bore. I wonder if my T looks at her schedule and moans because she has to sit through another hour of me.

 

It's advisable to contact your family physician to determine if medications is required.  From there, they can help point you in the right direction for therapy or possibly a psychiatrist. 

Need support when you make that initial call?  Have questions you want answers on?  Want to draw on the support and advice of others?  Pop on into our depression support forum, put up a post and hang out with us while you wait.... 

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