View Full Version : Crazy therapist, am I the only one?


RedSkittles
02-20-09, 10:01 PM
Hello, my name is Katie and I am 13 years old. I was diagnosed with ADHD at 7 years old and rediagnosed for ADHD at age 12. I current have a therapist named Dr. Vivian. Let me explain him. He is very complicated. Okay, not really, I can explain him in one word. Wiieeerrrddooo... Isn't it saying something when your therapist needs therapy? Every time I go there he makes me play Jenga with him and we talk about knitting. -.- wow. I don't even LIKE knitting! He just randomly pops up with random topics such as The grass is very green today, Which do you like better, chicken fingers or chicken nuggets?, and of course, Wanna play jenga? how 'bout scrabble?... May I ask how this dude got his bachlors degree? I have come to a conclusion. All therapists are crazy.Anyone else with a similar situation? If yes, can you tell us?

trashion
02-20-09, 11:29 PM
Haha, I went through MANY therapists before I found one I liked. Happens.

mctavish23
02-22-09, 12:25 PM
lol,

Good luck.

Seriously, if you were to go to say 10 different psychologists, as that's what I do,

you'd get 10 different personalities

with 10 different ways of doing the same thing,

and IMO, about 5-6 of them would be "weird."

Please remember that therapy is more of an "art" than a science

and that "rapport" is everything.

Good luck.

tc

mctavish23

(Robert)

doiadhd
08-08-09, 03:45 PM
They have no experience of the having these problems themselves,so we are the experts....they do,quite literally,'practice'what they preach....and we must be patient?!

Everyone is nuts,some of the saner ones seek help;)

iggypop
08-08-09, 11:29 PM
i am lucky this one is ok.......BUT NOT MY LAST ONE!!! he would drive me crazy with his "love of god crap"turn to god BLA BLA .......that was not the help i wanted :mad:

DesertDave
08-08-09, 11:44 PM
I've never been to a therapist, I guess. I just go to a psychiatrist.

I think it would be nice to have a "crazy" one if they want to play games and stuff like that. I totally like scrabble. In fact, I play Scrabble-Blast on the computer to chill me out before I go to bed.

I prefer chicken nuggets because chickens don't have fingers, so they must be artificial.

trishcan
10-22-09, 04:03 AM
When i was 14, I had one session with a therapist who told me basically all my problems in life (depression, acting out, drug problems) were due to having had colic as an infant.

Laughed in his face and dropped him after that bizarre session.

trishcan
10-22-09, 04:04 AM
Also, one of th pdocs at the practice I attend (not my pdoc) met with me when my own pdoc was full and used a great deal of nazi propaganda to explain why I needed/didn't need medication.

wsmac
10-22-09, 04:19 AM
Docs and other therapists are just people with an education.
Doesn't mean they are experts, necessarily.
What it does mean is that they have had training which hopefully helps them pick up on things about ourselves that we do not.
Then they can reflect those things back to us in a manner that helps us understand our situation better and maybe make changes that are beneficial to ourselves.

I was under the assumption that every therapist had to go through a bit of therapy themselves during their training.

Also consider that some people go into social/psychological/psychiatric work because they feel like they transcended some personal difficulty and wish to help others do the same... sort of like what we do here... :p;)

Playing Jenga, asking questions about food, etc, may not seem like therapy to you... but maybe the weirdo is actually pretty smart and can derive some valuable bits of information about you based upon your reactions to the questions and suggestions, and your answers or your demeanor while playing games.

But then again...

Maybe he's just CRazY!:p:D

btw... I also agree that you may have to suffer through several different therapists to find one whose methods actually help you.

tash11
10-22-09, 04:55 PM
he actually sounds pretty good to me. at least better then the bad ones I have had. The first one suddenly after a few sessions said "I am sorry, but you can't come back until you will tell me the truth" huh? I had not lied to him once. I still don't know what he was talking about.... after that I had one that yelled at me and called me a ***** (both of these were when I was 16). After those two I didn't go back to any for a while. Then I saw one one time who said he couldn't help me I just needed to get some friends (is there a slapping head emote?). Then I finally found a nice one that would see me. But I don't think he knew much about add....

Goofycook
10-24-09, 05:53 PM
I have this shrink(pshychologist) who keeps asking me what he can do for me. I told him I would like to deal with the emotional baggage that comes with being ADD and learn how be a more organized person. He kind of blew off the emotional thing and started showing different things I could buy on the internet to organize my stuff. My point is I know every trick on the book about getting more organized but I cannot motivate myself to do it.
This guy is supposed to be an ADD specialist. Although I test out as emotionally healthy there is alot of emotional baggage I carry around. Yet this guy doesnt seem to get it. He doesn't get many 52 year old Adders so I think I have him stumped. My insurance is paying him over a hundred dollars an hour to show me stuff on the internet. Oh well what can I say.

Infinity
11-12-09, 07:01 PM
I current have a therapist named Dr. Vivian. Let me explain him. He is very complicated. Okay, not really, I can explain him in one word. Wiieeerrrddooo... Isn't it saying something when your therapist needs therapy? Every time I go there he makes me play Jenga with him and we talk about knitting. -.- wow. I don't even LIKE knitting! He just randomly pops up with random topics such as The grass is very green today, Which do you like better, chicken fingers or chicken nuggets?, and of course, Wanna play jenga? how 'bout scrabble?... May I ask how this dude got his bachlors degree? I have come to a conclusion. All therapists are crazy.Anyone else with a similar situation? If yes, can you tell us?


Could be working real hard on bonding and building trust. :p

mean while behaviors continue.

Infinity
11-12-09, 07:33 PM
Please remember that therapy is more of an "art" than a science

and that "rapport" is everything.

Good luck.

tc

mctavish23

(Robert)


Very much so.
Ive seen some incredible works perfomed

and some you wonder if the things they did were so inappropraite you have to wonder if it was done to get you to respond .

Just can't tell sometimes . That shows just how ingnorant I was about what WAS appropriate .

its all fodder . hopefully not folly.

Infinity~

Infinity
11-12-09, 07:50 PM
I have this shrink(pshychologist) who keeps asking me what he can do for me. I told him I would like to deal with the emotional baggage that comes with being ADD and learn how be a more organized person. He kind of blew off the emotional thing and started showing different things I could buy on the internet to organize my stuff. My point is I know every trick on the book about getting more organized but I cannot motivate myself to do it.
This guy is supposed to be an ADD specialist. Although I test out as emotionally healthy there is alot of emotional baggage I carry around. Yet this guy doesnt seem to get it. He doesn't get many 52 year old Adders so I think I have him stumped. My insurance is paying him over a hundred dollars an hour to show me stuff on the internet. Oh well what can I say.


from my observation about myself doing the organization stuff is so difficult Id rather focus on the emotional .

and then get nothing done . I too know about what to do . I can even do it for short periods of time . And sometimes longer periods once I get going.


I think if you adress this part.


My point is I know every trick on the book about getting more organized but I cannot motivate myself to do it.


you'll make some progress,

Im in the same place .

My therapist is letting me bring things in and take things where ever . And I do have emotions that do need to be adressed that are not a part of ADHD persea but are adding to how I already feel about myself as in stuck . But its not getting my disorganization/ procrastination /avoidence adressed. and stil no meds. This is what contributes to much of my emotional baggage . shame dispare anger . low self esteeme . feelings of inadequacey. while being very capable and having qualities which would have anyone ful of self esteeme.


I think hes helping you.


I have thought .
Maybe I need to be in some sort of week long

first we learn this, ( make your bed :rolleyes:)

then do this fold your clothes and put them away.

no don't drop them on the floor.

then do that . and you obey this time schedual

just thinking about that drives me crazey .:(:mad::eek:

Infinity~

mctavish23
11-13-09, 12:02 AM
I've told my story many times, so I won't repeat it.

I will say that standing tall and never backing down took it's toll on me physically, as I

went thru 2 different surgeries in 2008.

When all was said and done, I came away with an evidence based screen I developed

over the course of those same 6 years.

I plan on tweaking it some more until I can get it copyrighted & published.

The atmosphere at work is better as far as ADHD goes,but there are still many colleagues

who're too lazy & complacent to read the research.

I'm definately tired tonight from leading a different "fight" at work; one in which I stood

up for the agency as a whole and helped win.

It was exhausting but it had to be done.

What I told someone the other day was..."You people just don't get what it's like to have

this. If you "tell" us we can't do something we're capable of, we'll go "medieval on your

*** " and then get in your face to make sure you knew it was us."

( Apologies to "Butthead" for ripping off the "medieval" qoute).

At any rate, I also tried to explain that to have ADHD is to be resilient.

They're synonymous.

Good luck to all.

tc

mctavish23

(Robert)