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Re: What is "normal?"

Posted by Daniel on April 1, 1999, at 5:31:00

In reply to Re: What is "normal?", posted by cait on March 31, 1999, at 20:12:05

> PLEASE don't trust just anybody. Get recommendations from several sources, and have a second source who can help you figure out if you ARE getting the proper help from "therapy." The anguish I feel when I think back on some of those helping hands. There should be a special hell for those people--I doubt that I will ever be able to let go of the horror of where they led me.

> ... And in addition to that, I am TERRIFIED of seeking professional help again.
> ... It had taken me weeks to get the courage to even seek help. Well, I tried the drug therapy, but I've been that way too many times.

Dear Cait,

Could you please extend a little bit more on that? I am considering whether or not to enter a psychotherapeutic treatment... I have never tried that before. I am well aware of the fact that just as medication does not help everyone, the therapy, too, might not be suitable or helpful to everyone. But the thing that worries me is that I have read contradictory opinions these days that psychoanalytic approach may actually do more harm than help! (I do not know what kind of treatment approach my therapist would/will choose, possibly cognitive-behavioral for depression and anxiety, but there are deeper roots for my misery - avoidance presonality disorder - for which problably Freudian psychoanalysis would be the only means of psychotherapeutic treatment available these days. And to be honest, I do not believe that trying to recall and relive and integrate traumatic and painful experiences of my childhood and adolescence would be really of any help! In fact, and here I may be wrong, I am trying hard to forget them,
I am not interested in "dissecting" them again and again! I have also heard of stories of people who even after eight, ten years of psychoanalysis, they were not getting anywhere! So, I am pretty confused and hesitant about this matter...

Thank you,





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