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Re: Jenny, dont give up hope: People DO change

Posted by Ines on April 29, 2007, at 18:11:00

In reply to Re: Jenny, dont give up hope: People DO change, posted by jenny80 on April 29, 2007, at 16:38:29

Jenny, it sounds like your psychotherapist was trying to 'shock' you or shake you into taking action. It's a tactic, I'm pretty sure he/she didn't mean to make you feel inadequate. At any rate, it sounds like the dynamic between you isn't right- a psychotherapist should make you feel comfortable and certainly never judged, so unless you are finding it helpful maybe you should consider changing?
This is just a thought- obviously I don't know you or your circumstances, but could it be you're bailing out on medication trials too soon? I always find the first few weeks are horrible because you have all the side effects and no effect on mood (or even a worsening of mood through agitation), but if you can stick it through a lot of the side effects wear off or attenuate for most people. It sounds to me like your depression is bad enough for it to be worth putting up even with major side effects to give something like Nardil or Parnate or Venlafaxine a proper trial. Think of how you'd feel after two months if the medication worked- it would all be worth it; perhaps if you focused on that thought you'd be able to stick through the side effects no matter how unpleasant....It's just a thought... Also wanted to say I have a friend with symptoms strikingly similar to yours and she's doing well on a combination of citalopram, cognitive analytical therapy and mindfulness training.




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