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Old 01-19-17, 07:09 PM   #1
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To be clear, I'm not in any immediate danger. This is just something I'm curious about. Can anyone share their experiences? I'd really appreciate some honest responses.

There are times when I feel really awful and need to talk to someone, but I don't bother calling a crisis line or going to the hospital because it doesn't seem urgent enough. I assume it would just be a waste of time.

Also, is there any way to see a professional on a walk-in basis without going through emergency?
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Old 01-23-17, 11:11 AM   #2
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The only thing I've ever done was a crisis chat online. I was too nervous to call the hotline, so I found something online (forget what it was).

They were nice, I think it's just hard to offer much via an online chat. They didn't catastrophize anything, weren't telling me to call 911 or anything, just talked for a few minutes (eventually I just closed the chat).

I'm not sure of any walk-in therapy you could do. Maybe sign up for a hospital outpatient program? I was in one of those for about a month or so. I just went in and did some group therapy stuff every day for a few hours. On my really bad days I was able to talk one-on-one with a therapist for a bit.

Is there something specific causing your pain or just a general depression? If it were something like PTSD or depression caused by abuse or something I'm sure there are chatlines out there for that specifically.
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Is there something specific causing your pain or just a general depression?
it's everything, man. My past, present, and future.

I can't stop thinking about all the painful memories and the people who bullied, abused, or rejected me throughout my life... All the things that led to me developing mental illness in the first place. I'm sick of being disrespected by everyone for no reason on a daily basis. It fills me with rage and I want revenge or a way out.

It's torture to constantly think of all of the things I missed out on in life because of my depression and anxiety. It's even worse knowing that I will never get to experience them or catch up to everyone else. I don't see anything worth living for. My future seems utterly hopeless. There's no chance of me ever having friends, a social life, or a relationship. Hell, I can't even get laid because of my circumstances. I'm not gonna even lie... the part about women REALLY pisses me off. Add to that the fact that I have shitty career prospects because of my anxiety, lack of contacts, and a learning disability. I have no hobbies or interests to keep me preoccupied anymore. I suck at everything. I don't enjoy anything. I hate people but need their validation. The list is endless. The best possible outcome for my situation would be finishing school, getting a shitty 9-5 and spending the rest of my life paying bills and drowning in loneliness and misery. Like, what's the fucking point? I wish it would just end.

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From my limited experience, it's balancing just how much you give away so they take you seriously and make you a priority but not so much that they force you to go to a mental hospital. Perhaps, you can do better than I did back in the day in that department...

As far as not getting laid, save $500-1000 and plan a trip to Nevada this summer and go to a legal brothel. You'll have more choice than you could get otherwise and women who actually know what they are doing. That could potentially de-escalate things. Sex isn't something that changes one's life; you'll still be the same person with the same problems regardless of how much sex you have.
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From my limited experience, it's balancing just how much you give away so they take you seriously and make you a priority but not so much that they force you to go to a mental hospital. Perhaps, you can do better than I did back in the day in that department...

As far as not getting laid, save $500-1000 and plan a trip to Nevada this summer and go to a legal brothel. You'll have more choice than you could get otherwise and women who actually know what they are doing. That could potentially de-escalate things. Sex isn't something that changes one's life; you'll still be the same person with the same problems regardless of how much sex you have.

I would totally do that if I had the money and the means, but I don't right now. Maybe it doesn't matter to you, but I think it would change my life somewhat - at the very least, I'd have one less thing to feel bad about. Sex isn't the only problem. It's a major issue for sure, but there's so much other crap getting me down. I'm completely losing my mind at this point. I finally gathered the courage to spill everything to my psychiatrist this past week and his response convinced me that I'm a lost cause. He was one of the few professionals I actually trusted and liked. I feel so let down and hopeless.
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You'll have more choice than you could get otherwise
Also, what were you implying by this?
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Also, what were you implying by this?
It's possible that what Lucid Lunacy meant was that you can pretty much do whatever you like with these women, rather than doing what the woman likes when you sleep with someone who isn't being paid for it.

Your psychiatrist sounds like an arsehole. You deserve better treatment than that. Is there any chance you can see another one?
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It's possible that what Lucid Lunacy meant was that you can pretty much do whatever you like with these women, rather than doing what the woman likes when you sleep with someone who isn't being paid for it.
You would get more freedom in what you can do provided you are willing to pay, yeah but I also meant that no one gets a line up of people willing to have sex with them, which you would get at such a place. You don't pick and choose who wants to be with you, you only choose who you accept to be with.

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I would totally do that if I had the money and the means, but I don't right now. Maybe it doesn't matter to you, but I think it would change my life somewhat - at the very least, I'd have one less thing to feel bad about. Sex isn't the only problem. It's a major issue for sure, but there's so much other crap getting me down. I'm completely losing my mind at this point. I finally gathered the courage to spill everything to my psychiatrist this past week and his response convinced me that I'm a lost cause. He was one of the few professionals I actually trusted and liked. I feel so let down and hopeless.
I'm certain sex isn't the only problem, the whole point is to de-escalate it so you can focus on more important matters. There are very few issues in life you can make go away just by throwing a small amount of money at it but this is one of them.
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It's even worse knowing that I will never get to experience them or catch up to everyone else. I don't see anything worth living for. My future seems utterly hopeless. There's no chance of me ever having friends, a social life, or a relationship. Hell, I can't even get laid because of my circumstances. I'm not gonna even lie... the part about women REALLY pisses me off. Add to that the fact that I have shitty career prospects because of my anxiety, lack of contacts, and a learning disability. I have no hobbies or interests to keep me preoccupied anymore. I suck at everything. I don't enjoy anything. I hate people but need their validation. The list is endless. The best possible outcome for my situation would be finishing school, getting a shitty 9-5 and spending the rest of my life paying bills and drowning in loneliness and misery.
I could've written this. Word-for-word. Things have gotten better for me in recent years, but I still struggle. I can promise you, "catching up to everyone else" will not be your undoing. You're stuck right now, but that's correctable and if/when you're able to build your social life and meet new people nobody will care you're not "caught up" with them in terms of social experience. This is a solvable problem.

As for women, I won't encourage or discourage the prostitute idea, but I think it's possible something like that would ultimately feel like a let down anyway. A one time experience with someone you don't know? Nothing wrong with that, but a week or so later you might not feel any better than when you started.

Also, having a bad experience with a mental health professional doesn't make you a "lost cause", it just makes your relationship with that particular person a "lost cause". I've had plenty of therapists who after awhile I realized "yeah, this isn't gonna work." Not getting the help you need from a professional can be discouraging, but it doesn't make you hopeless, it just means you've got a longer road ahead. I know that's the last thing you want to hear when every day feels like eternity, but there's someone out there who can help you. It's another solvable problem.
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It's possible that what Lucid Lunacy meant was that you can pretty much do whatever you like with these women, rather than doing what the woman likes when you sleep with someone who isn't being paid for it.

Your psychiatrist sounds like an arsehole. You deserve better treatment than that. Is there any chance you can see another one?
I don't know. I have seen many professionals over the years and he seemed like the best one. I stuck with him for almost 6 years. That's what makes this so difficult.

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You would get more freedom in what you can do provided you are willing to pay, yeah but I also meant that no one gets a line up of people willing to have sex with them
that's simply not true. I've known far too many guys who have girls lining up for them. They're the stereotypical "alpha males," the players. But yeah, that'll never be the case for me.

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I'm certain sex isn't the only problem, the whole point is to de-escalate it so you can focus on more important matters. There are very few issues in life you can make go away just by throwing a small amount of money at it but this is one of them.
I agree - it would probably help. But that's not a small amount of money for me, lol. I'm a broke college student with no income. I can't handle a job while I'm in school - I can barely cope with taking a few courses right now. And most places never hire me, presumably because I crumble during job interviews and have no experience. I wish there were programs to assist people with severe anxiety in finding jobs.

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