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Re: I think I'm relapsing, hard Miss Honeychurch

Posted by Dinah on March 14, 2004, at 18:42:06

In reply to I think I'm relapsing, hard, posted by Miss Honeychurch on March 14, 2004, at 18:06:33

Go easy on yourself, Miss Honeychurch. It's not unusual for recovery to be not so much a steady road forward as a progress of steps forward and steps back. If you haven't had any backward steps yet, then you're just now experiencing what's perfectly normal. Your therapist won't be upset, other than being sorry to hear you aren't doing well.

Going down from once a week to twice a month could be a stressor in itself. If you're having any other stressors as well, that could contribute to a relapse.

Sometimes I feel like I'm not getting better, because I still have the problems that brought me to therapy. But then I think, yes I still have meltdowns. But they happen less frequently now than they did, and they are shorter in duration.

Could that be true for you too? That this isn't a relapse in that you'll be back where you once were. It's just a recurrance. And over time the recurrances will be fewer and briefer and require greater stressors to trigger.

It feels rotten to have anxiety to begin with. Please don't feel rotten about feeling rotten.

 

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