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So I started therapy

After coming up with excuses for 20 years I finally had my first therapy appointment

We値l see what happens. I知 going into it with the idea that it can do me some good and that I値l just shut up and listen at times. But still incorporate some of my own limited knowledge of mental health

We shall see I guess.
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Re: So I started therapy

i hope you find it helpful/useful.

good to see you back around again. x
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And I was just wondering where you were again.
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Re: So I started therapy

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After coming up with excuses for 20 years I finally had my first therapy appointment

We値l see what happens. I知 going into it with the idea that it can do me some good and that I値l just shut up and listen at times. But still incorporate some of my own limited knowledge of mental health.

We shall see I guess.
Good luck! I hope you benefit from therapy. I just started therapy myself this last Monday after a failed attempt 5 years ago.

I avoided any contact with mental health professionals for most of my life because I don't really like asking anyone for help, thought I could solve my problems on my own if I tried a little harder and had convinced myself that talking to a therapist would be a waste of my time.

It wasn't until 5 years ago when I was 51 that I finally saw a therapist for individual therapy for the first time. That was because my primary care physician had referred me to her to be evaluated for ADHD.

But I didn't really have much rapport with this therapist and stopped seeing her after about three months. I decided that I could do without therapy. And the IR Ritalin I had been prescribed after my diagnosis with ADHD wasn't working very well for me, either, because of side effects. So I decided that I could do without medication, too, and went off the Ritalin and stopped going to the psychiatrist who had prescribed it.

Earlier this year, I realized that I need to stop pretending that I'll ever be able to handle my ADHD on my own and resolved to give medication and therapy a new try. So, I found a new doctor who started me on Vyvanse 14 weeks ago and it's working much better for me than the Ritalin did. And my doctor referred me to a therapist whom I saw for the fist time three days ago. I really liked him and quickly established a good rapport with him. He also seems very knowledgeable about ADHD.

I'm feeling kind of hopeful and optimistic! So, good luck daveddd, and I hope that things start looking up for you, too.
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Re: So I started therapy

I can't afford it, so I listen to this guy.

https://youtu.be/OoA4017M7WU

All of his videos are pretty good.
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I have a nick name of Houdini. I知 known to vanish and reappear often in pretty much every life situation
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Re: So I started therapy

how frequently will you be going?
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how frequently will you be going?
my second appointment is two weeks from my first

so next week
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Re: So I started therapy

right on.

i do individual therapy weekly, so i was just curious what another's frequency might be.
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right on.

i do individual therapy weekly, so i was just curious what another's frequency might be.
She left it up to me

Don稚 think I can handle once a week
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Don稚 think I can handle once a week
yeah, i can see that. frankly, i find it pretty grueling, but also helpful overall. i am only going twice this month due to 1. veterans day and 2. thanksgiving holidays.

i always have things to figure out each week though, so i keep the schedule she's recommended. so far.
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Re: So I started therapy

Dave, is it some kind of structured therapy, or more free-form?


I've been going weekly, and it's been very unstructured, and I'm feeling like I could maybe use more structure.
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Re: So I started therapy

Good for you! That's great that you took that first step in getting help!

I just started therapy also, and I've only seen my therapist twice so far. Like was mentioned, I also feel like I need more structure. She leaves the frequency of visits up to me and I'm like, "Uh, just tell me when to come back in!" I really just need to be told what to do and have her ask me specific questions. The last visit, she just asked what my biggest problem was and I talked about it and I think it helped some, but I feel kind of confused about what I'm supposed to be talking about. I feel like I need more help than I can ever get.

I want to go in weekly, but it's a little bit of a drive and I'm already busy so it's difficult. I think I will just have to keep it every two weeks for now.
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Dave, is it some kind of structured therapy, or more free-form?


I've been going weekly, and it's been very unstructured, and I'm feeling like I could maybe use more structure.
I致e only had one and we just talked randomly. So I知 not sure. I致e never had therapy before. It痴 not like the beginning of a 12 week course of dbt type thing if that痴 what u mean

I could probably use that. But I知 going to go with the flow and take things out of my hands for now
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