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Re: Question for you about meds w/therapy

Posted by emmanuel98 on June 13, 2009, at 19:25:19

In reply to Question for you about meds w/therapy emmanuel98, posted by garnet71 on June 13, 2009, at 8:15:25

I took an anti-depressant from the very start. Since then I've taken other meds for severe depression with mixed results. My T is very big on meds and says we can't really do therapy if I'm severely depressed -- all we do is work on trying to keep me out of the hospital. I don't find that meds cover up my emotions, they just keep me from getting severely depressed. They haven't interfered with therapy at all.

As far as how to handle intense therapy all I can say is that it wasn't easy. I started therapy four years ago and, at the time, I had a job that only required half my brain which was very lucky because therapy was eating up most of my attention. My T always tells me that I work really hard. He says this admiringly, as if it's something I can control. But I had no choice in the matter. I worked hard at therapy because it consumed my mind.

> Hey again, since your situation sounds so similar to mine, can you tell me if you took meds during therapy and how long you've been in that therapy?
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> We didn't not really discuss meds yet, just for a minute. I don't know if I want to be on any ADs because they inhibit my emotions; I want my emotions fully intact for this.
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> At the same time, I'm not sure how to control the neurosis felt after stirring up such emotions.
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> I did have to take several xanax after the second session w/him, but the next day, the compartmentalized anxiety actually turned into grief, then went away on it's own when I decided not to take a xanax and think about the grief emotion instead, as strange as that sounds.
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> Can you tell me how you retained your stability while undergoing psychyodynamic therapy?


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