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Re: What is "normal?"

Posted by cait on April 1, 1999, at 8:01:54

In reply to Re: What is "normal?", posted by Daniel on April 1, 1999, at 5:31:00

> 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,
> Daniel

Dear Daniel,
I wish that I could be one of the good "helping hands" for you, but you must understand that I am a confused and depressed soul who herself is floundering around. I just wanted to make the point that you need to find a person who has proven himself/herself to be a reliable therapist. That's why I suggested that you ask for referral or recommendation from people you know (family doctor, pastor, anyone you respect in the community). Then be upfront with the therapist about your fears. If you do not feel comfortable with whatever plan of therapy is laid out for you, seek help from someone else.

You might want to read over some of the previous posts at this sight. There seem to be some knowledgeable people who might be able to direct you to an appropriate source. Unfortunately for me, I live in a very small rural town. I have the primary responsibility for caring for an elderly parent who can never be left supervised. It would be a logistical nightmare for me to try to get sitters lined up in order for me to travel to a neighboring city for psychotherapy or counseling.

But don't loose faith. I would be dead by now if I did not possess the faith and belief that there are good people out there, and if a good sould had not extended a helping hand in a time of crisis. It's just that sometimes we stumble across the bad ones before we find our way to the good souls.

Take care. Hope to hear from you again.




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