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Re: Medicated or non-medicated, *Trigger* Dinah

Posted by fallsfall on March 7, 2006, at 7:30:54

In reply to Medicated or non-medicated, *Trigger*, posted by Dinah on March 6, 2006, at 22:53:18

I wish I could help. I wish someone could magically tell you what is going on. It is something that you need to tease out of yourself. You sound like you really do want to know, so maybe that can be a starting point.

Maybe today, when you see yourself doing something you can point it out to your therapist. Be completely transparent. When you feel an emotion that seems stupid to you, tell your therapist about that emotion. Let there be no secrets, no hidden agendas. It's OK if you don't know why you are feeling that way - it will help just to label the feeling. You can give him the intellectual side ("this feeling doesn't make any sense"), but also give him the emotional side ("But I really want to run out of the room right now"). Tell him everything about how you are feeling and what you are thinking. It might feel like you won't get "through" anything if you talk at this granularity, but it has been successful for me. Don't gloss over anything - put it ALL out there on the table in full view. If you don't find all the puzzle pieces you can't possibly put it together - if you find them all, then it may still be really hard to get them together, but at least you have a chance of succeeding.

You need to figure out what is running around in your unconscious. Did you have any dreams last night? Talk about them even if they seem irrelevant.

I'm glad you get to see him today.





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