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Old 10-02-14, 07:29 PM   #1
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I'm nervous about going back to Therapy. It isn't that hard. I mean, making the call is always hard, but my old therapist made it easier. He gave me some recommendations that he thought would be a good match for me and did the initial work to find out if they were taking on new patients so I wouldn't end up calling and just getting rejected. But I'm still nervous. I'm afraid I'll mess it up and that I'll go back and it won't help or I don't know, that the new therapist will see me the same way I do and decide that I'm not worth the trouble and will give up on me and if I have to look on my own, I just won't be able to do it. And intellectually I know it will be fine, but the emotional side doesn't believe that and I just can't stop worrying. And I've been putting off contacting them. I've always had a reason, but I know it is just excuses and I won't have any more excuses next week.. I know I need to get help, but part of me says that I shouldn't bother because there is nothing wrong with me and I am just a fake and part of me tells me that I shouldn't because I'm not worth bothering anybody and wasting their time when there are other people who could acually be helped and part of me is just scared.

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For people who have gotten an official diagnosis, what was it like? With my last Therapist, I specifically did not ask and at one point specifically asked not to be told since knowing at that point would have been bad for me, no matter what it was. But since I left, I've been thinking back and wondering what it is like to have name(s) that you "know" you can attach to the issues you have. I mean, to have a diagnosis from a professional.

So I was wondering what it was like for those people who have gotten that opportunity - was it helpful to have that name, did it make things harder, was it good or bad? What people are willing to share probably differs, but any insight people have on their experience - what it was like regarding that would be helpful for me to read and I would appreciate.

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Old 10-03-14, 07:42 AM   #2
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Sorry you feel this way


You are worth it and you deserve help and you can be helped. Just remember, therapist is not there to do the work, he is there to support you in feling better which i am sure you will accomplish.


As for diagnosis, as for what i know from my studies, it takes quite a lot for a good doctor to give accurate diagnosis, because usually once you get labeled you are labeled forever (its not a bad thing, really). I cant say how i would feel if i was diagnosed something, but i guess relieved, because diagnois gives accurate state of your mind, and you can see for yourself all your flaws and try in fixing/supressing them.

Hope i helped. Best wishes.Stay safe.
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Old 10-04-14, 05:16 PM   #3
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I know I need to get help, but part of me says that I shouldn't bother because there is nothing wrong with me and I am just a fake and part of me tells me that I shouldn't because I'm not worth bothering anybody and wasting their time when there are other people who could acually be helped and part of me is just scared.
That is 100% me.


As for names of diagnoses, it has to be explained properly to whoever learns of it, otherwise it's false labeling and will get you either insulted (whether intentionally or not) or otherwise in trouble. This happened to me. Certain people thought I had certain symptoms/signs of the label, signs that I actually didn't have, just because of the label. Furthermore, they thought that just because I had a lot of the signs meant that I needed more help than someone who had just a few. This is not true; I didn't have all of the signs at once for one, and secondly I didn't have them severely. Someone with just a few signs sometimes has it very severely, more so than the total of the pain of someone else who has many symptoms!
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