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Re: she canceled. lonelygal2

Posted by mair on January 19, 2005, at 22:06:35

In reply to Re: she canceled. CareBear04, posted by lonelygal2 on January 19, 2005, at 19:54:52

" i read your thread below about borderline, and i feel like she must be thinking i'm borderline by the way that i'm acting. i'm sure she thinks i'm being manipulative. "

God, I just feel so bad for you but please don't jump to conclusions based on what you read on this Board. I don't know anything about your dx, but it sounds like you're making all kinds of assumptions about what this T must be thinking about you, as if she could figure all this out just from your phone message. My T has reminded me a couple of times that asking for what you need is not being manipulative. I see nothing here but that you are in considerable pain and need to get some help. Having this new T cancel the appointment is a huge and unfortunate step backwards, but it doesn't have to mean that you're fated not to get help or that you have bad karma or anything eise. How far off were the times she gave you for rescheduling?

I didn't read your post to say that the T's message was "I can't see you quickly enough so you better find another T." If she didn't want to be involved in helping you, that is the message you would have gotten.

I'm not suggesting you close yourself off from seeking the help you need as quickly as you can get it. It just sounds to me like you're pretty depleted and if you don't have to wait long to see this T, and if you think you can wait that long, it might put less of a strain on you to try to reschedule than to start all over again.

Maybe this is not you at all, but when I'm really depressed, I feel like i have a kind of mental paralysis and making any kind of a decision is way more difficult than it might be otherwise. Giving up or at least doing nothing is the easy thing, and telling yourself that doing nothing doesn't matter maybe because what you could do won't help anyway is pretty typical behavior for someone in alot of pain. When I realized some years ago that I needed help, it took me forever to come to that conclusion, and then days of genuine consternating to decide whom I should call and then more days to actually pick up the phone and call.

Thinking of you - alot

Mair

 

Re: she canceled. mair

Posted by lonelygal2 on January 19, 2005, at 22:29:41

In reply to Re: she canceled. lonelygal2, posted by mair on January 19, 2005, at 22:06:35

thanks mair. i guess part of me thinks that you are right that it's true i can't really conclude anythign about her impression of me b/c i don't really know her yet, but i guess i just feel so guilty for needing anything or bothering her that i think i should be hated for it.
and i think you are right about trying to stick it out with her, i am too exhausted to look elsewhere. as far as rescheduling, she said monday (instead of wed) after my first message, but then later said this friday if i called back and she got it today. but i was so confused that i didn't call back til later so i dunno, i ended up saying please either friday or monday, b/c wed seems so far away. in an earlier message, she had said she wouldn't be checking her messages for the rest of the week after today (and i called late today), so really i have no clue when she will get it, but whatever, there is nothing i can do now. it's all too confusing. she's a grad student and i'm sure she's busy. and well, i think i'm annoying.
and i feel like there is nothing more i can do, and if it just doens't work out wiht her, it just doesn't work out. gosh, i miss my old therapist. this is too hard.

> " i read your thread below about borderline, and i feel like she must be thinking i'm borderline by the way that i'm acting. i'm sure she thinks i'm being manipulative. "
>
> God, I just feel so bad for you but please don't jump to conclusions based on what you read on this Board. I don't know anything about your dx, but it sounds like you're making all kinds of assumptions about what this T must be thinking about you, as if she could figure all this out just from your phone message. My T has reminded me a couple of times that asking for what you need is not being manipulative. I see nothing here but that you are in considerable pain and need to get some help. Having this new T cancel the appointment is a huge and unfortunate step backwards, but it doesn't have to mean that you're fated not to get help or that you have bad karma or anything eise. How far off were the times she gave you for rescheduling?
>
> I didn't read your post to say that the T's message was "I can't see you quickly enough so you better find another T." If she didn't want to be involved in helping you, that is the message you would have gotten.
>
> I'm not suggesting you close yourself off from seeking the help you need as quickly as you can get it. It just sounds to me like you're pretty depleted and if you don't have to wait long to see this T, and if you think you can wait that long, it might put less of a strain on you to try to reschedule than to start all over again.
>
> Maybe this is not you at all, but when I'm really depressed, I feel like i have a kind of mental paralysis and making any kind of a decision is way more difficult than it might be otherwise. Giving up or at least doing nothing is the easy thing, and telling yourself that doing nothing doesn't matter maybe because what you could do won't help anyway is pretty typical behavior for someone in alot of pain. When I realized some years ago that I needed help, it took me forever to come to that conclusion, and then days of genuine consternating to decide whom I should call and then more days to actually pick up the phone and call.
>
> Thinking of you - alot
>
> Mair

 

Re: she canceled. CareBear04

Posted by lonelygal2 on January 19, 2005, at 22:53:41

In reply to Re: she canceled. lonelygal2, posted by CareBear04 on January 19, 2005, at 20:45:40

again, thanks so much carebear :)
i guess i feel a lot like you did in college. tonight an old friend of mine contacted me for guy advice and kept begging me to tell her what to do (which by the way seemed so painstakingly obvious and not complicated at all). and it's the same with the freshmen you took care of. i know this girl totally looks up to me, it just feels so weird, like if she only knew... but of course, i wouldn't want her to know anything bad about me anyways... but i'm really glad that she helped to distract me from everything going on in my head.
i really am trying to believe all the stuff you said like how i'm worth it, etc etc. i don't know why it's so hard to believe, that it's way easier to believe that i'm annoying people and should go away and umm, not bother therapists either.
i just dont' want to be difficult or a pain to other people. it's scary, but deep down i think i do really really hope that she can help me. and of course, the next thought that pops into my head is am i just setting myself up for more disappointment?
thanks again carebear for being so nice to me.. i really really appreciate it.

> oh lonely gal,
> sweetie, i just there was something i could do for you and someone, a real person of significance in your life that you could turn to.
> the borderline stuff is funny. it seems like to be considered just solely depressed, especially after a suicide attempt or self-injury, one must be someone with the very lethargic, atypical kinds of depression or else the almost catatonic melancholic types that old people seem to have more than the young. for girls or young women, being emotional seems to raise red flags of borderline, but i don't think it's fair, nor do i think it's helpful because being young and emotional for good reason doesn't mean that your pain is any less deserving of attention than anyone else's.
>
> you're not awful or crazy or that messed up! we all go through times where life or our own minds or self-esteem get us down, sometimes to the point that we get desperate. as for feeling like a phony, i can definitely relate to that. when i was first really depressed in college, i managed to keep up with my responsibilities, which included helping and supporting the freshmen under my care. talk about feeling like a phony! they looked up to me, and i hated myself and knew that i wasn't worthy of their admiration. now i see it differently. i don't believe i'm as great as they saw me, but i do believe that there's something about sticking with your duties and carrying them out as best you can that is truly noteworthy and worthy of respect. i think i tried to pretend to myself that things were okay, just to get through the term, but things really weren't okay. things got much worse before they got better, but addressing my depression earlier on, either through meds or if i had been able to trust and talk to a T, maybe i could have contained the damage.
>
> please don't get down on yourself! and don't let anyone make you believe that you're manipulating anyone. you absolutely deserve to get treatment now, before anything worse happens that will make your recovery much harder. the further you dig yourself into a hole, the harder and harder it is to climb out. if that new T thinks you're manipulating her and can't grasp how desperate you feel, then i say, find someone else now! there are so many Ts out there and the first priority should be to get you feeling better. i know i worry about the BPD dx sometimes, but i don't think it ever really aids treatment. it doesn't do much to guide drug therapy, and it sure doesn't endear you to drs. i really hope you can find someone not judgmental who will treat your symptoms and not your diagnosis, whatever he or she deems that to be.
>
> you are worth it! i hate asking for help, too, but i think it would help. there's nothing inherently wrong with you! you might hate what your disorder has made you become, you might think that you're helpless and worthless because of it, but you yourself are young, have a promising future, and nothing wrong with you that a good pdoc and T can't fix if given the chance. please give someone a chance to help you! and whine all you want and reach out on this board for help, too, because so many people have been touched by your posts and would do anything they can for you. you're in my thoughts and prayers.

 

a BIG thanks

Posted by lonelygal2 on January 19, 2005, at 22:57:23

In reply to Re: she canceled. CareBear04, posted by lonelygal2 on January 19, 2005, at 22:53:41

i just wanted to give a BIG, HUGE, ENORMOUS thank you to all of you who have been helping me out these past few days. it really really means a lot to me.

 

Re: a BIG thanks lonelygal2

Posted by Fallen4MyT on January 19, 2005, at 23:32:23

In reply to a BIG thanks, posted by lonelygal2 on January 19, 2005, at 22:57:23

> i just wanted to give a BIG, HUGE, ENORMOUS thank you to all of you who have been helping me out these past few days. it really really means a lot to me.

You mean a lot to many of us please know that back :)

HUGE HUGS

 

Re: she canceled.

Posted by Joslynn on January 20, 2005, at 8:50:06

In reply to Re: she canceled., posted by lonelygal on January 19, 2005, at 17:09:06

The new T obviously was concerned, and that's good. Even though you said you feel a little embarassed about it now, that's a good sign that she called back, gave you the hotline number, other scheduling options, etc. Seems like so far, it may be worth waiting for the appt.

Feeling like things are hopeless because of this cancellation is the depression talking, trust me. It does that, makes things seem black and forever.

 

Re: she canceled.

Posted by shrinking violet on January 20, 2005, at 9:33:01

In reply to Re: she canceled., posted by Joslynn on January 20, 2005, at 8:50:06

(((((((LG)))))))))

I'm so sorry this happened! I'm glad you were able to ask for some help though, and that she did return your call and try to give you some options. Try to hang in there, take it a moment at a time. For me, when I look ahead and say, 'cripes, I have x days ahead of me until I see my T, or I have the whole weekend alone before I can get out of the house and go to work/school' it seems too daunting and makes the depression and hopelessness and panic so much worse. Take it a moment at a time. Also, what one of the babblers wrote to an earlier post about trying to "sit" with the pain and not get rid of it right away is good advice, and it can work. My T recently let me borrow a book from her collection called ""When things fall apart, heart advice for difficult times"" I recommend it. It got me through some hard times, especially during the ones where I wouldn't be seeing my T for a while.

Hang in there. You know you can email me anytime. And I'll probably be on AIM later tonight also, if you want to chat.

HUGS

Peace,
sv

P.S. You aren't annoying at all. I enjoy our chats and getting to know you more, and you're a good friend. :-)

 

more drama

Posted by lonelygal2 on January 20, 2005, at 12:58:37

In reply to Re: she canceled., posted by shrinking violet on January 20, 2005, at 9:33:01

i can't believe this. i had e-mailed my old pdoc a couple weeks ago and she responded last night (i think she was on vacation)- i got it this morning. she said that she felt like she was standing in the way of my starting a relationship with a new t, that she thinks i need to be in therapy, and that by using her as an 'escape hatch' it's ultimately not for my best benefit and unethical for her. of course, i fell apart and thought oh my gosh yet another person is leaving me. she allowed me to e-mail her once more back to express my feelings, and i did e-mail her back, but i feel like it doesn't matter and gosh, what next? i also think this is proof that i am annoying and that she doesn't want to talk to me. she said that when i move back home (which will be in july, i'm on an internship in another state) to call, and that she would want to help me to find another t and meet with me, but i'm feeling like yeah, right, you've totally hurt me too.

 

Re: more drama lonelygal2

Posted by rainbowbrite on January 20, 2005, at 13:18:46

In reply to more drama, posted by lonelygal2 on January 20, 2005, at 12:58:37

Awww (((lonleygal)))

Im so sorry. I think what she said is true though. I think it is unethical for them to be in the middle of a new realtionship because it interferes with the creation of a new bond. Im thinking as an example of kids that are removed from parents, if you take a kid from a home but allow that child to keep in contact with the patent that they removed it from that child will have a very difficult time forming a new bond. Taht is how I am taking what your T said. I bet if you give the new T a chance when you finally get to see her and you get connected your old T would love to hear from you! right now i bet she feels in a horrible place becasue im sure she wishes she could help but knows that it is wrong. BTW does she know who your new T is? Like maybe it would be helpful for her to talk to your new T. i dunno. I hope things get easier
rain

 

Re: more drama

Posted by lonelygal2 on January 20, 2005, at 13:32:47

In reply to Re: more drama lonelygal2, posted by rainbowbrite on January 20, 2005, at 13:18:46

yeah, i see what both you and her are saying... still, it just sucks...
and this was my old pdoc that i was talking about (she's with my school, its just that i had taken a year off to do an internship and i guess just get away, so i'm away right now)... i have long ago given up on ever talking to my old t again. b/c even if i did talk to her it wouldn't be the same anymore and it would make me sad anwyays. i just wish i could go back in time to when i had her..... well, i have thought if i ever do go through with umm, what i mentioned before, i would leave her a goodbye message on her voicemail, but that's all..

> Awww (((lonleygal)))
>
> Im so sorry. I think what she said is true though. I think it is unethical for them to be in the middle of a new realtionship because it interferes with the creation of a new bond. Im thinking as an example of kids that are removed from parents, if you take a kid from a home but allow that child to keep in contact with the patent that they removed it from that child will have a very difficult time forming a new bond. Taht is how I am taking what your T said. I bet if you give the new T a chance when you finally get to see her and you get connected your old T would love to hear from you! right now i bet she feels in a horrible place becasue im sure she wishes she could help but knows that it is wrong. BTW does she know who your new T is? Like maybe it would be helpful for her to talk to your new T. i dunno. I hope things get easier
> rain

 

Re: more drama lonelygal2

Posted by rainbowbrite on January 20, 2005, at 15:53:07

In reply to Re: more drama, posted by lonelygal2 on January 20, 2005, at 13:32:47

I know it hurts. I had a similar experience with someone when i was much younger, i only met with him for a few months bubt i really trusted him. anyway i didn't know it at the time but i think he was a student or something casue he moved on to another city and school. i couldn't let go and refused to work with anyone else. i wrote a few letters just wanting to keep that realtionship going and i think, in retrospect, that he wasn't trying to be mean but he sent me a very very cold response to my last letter. i was heart broken. this was someone who came accross so sensitive and kind and loving. he basically said i think you need to cut contact with me. after readidng your post i think i just answered my own question. it is the most painful experience. YUou trust and share with a person and then they up and leave. i really thought he'd be there for me, but no. it took me quite awile to get back to anotehr one. so my point of that is that i really know how painful it is and how discouraging it can be. I really hope you find a good relationship with a T, im still working on that but i think it is so important.
((lonelygal))

 

new update.

Posted by lonelygal2 on January 20, 2005, at 18:01:00

In reply to Re: more drama, posted by lonelygal2 on January 20, 2005, at 13:32:47

so, umm, the pdoc called me today (after i e-mailed her back) explaining her position b/c she knew i was so upset and b/c i think i mentioned a little too much about all the thoughts that i had been thinking. we talked for a really long time, like an hour, giving me advice that i need to open up to this new t and that i need to work on trusting, etc etc. I kept crying and crying. She said she would start looking for a therapist for me for when I go home in July and to call her when I go back home to set up an appt. and i promised I would.
Also, just right now the new t person called and I have an appt. for tomorrow! So, I'm relieved b/c everythign just has seemed so complicated and I want things to be simple and I'm tired of waiting b/c I feel so stupid plus I want help now before I back out, etc etc. So I really really really hope it goes okay tomorrow. Please God please. I am drained.

 

Re: new update. lonelygal2

Posted by annierose on January 20, 2005, at 18:27:44

In reply to new update., posted by lonelygal2 on January 20, 2005, at 18:01:00

Finally, seems like the corner is turning. You deserve to pat yourself on the back (a few times) for being so persistent and opening your heart and soul to both the old pdoc and new T (via telephone). They did listen, and respond. I hope tomorrow goes well for you. Mostly, you like her. And feel you can work with her.

 

Re: new update. lonelygal2

Posted by rainbowbrite on January 20, 2005, at 18:37:41

In reply to new update., posted by lonelygal2 on January 20, 2005, at 18:01:00

I am very pleased to here this. Let us know how it goes.

:)

 

Re: new update. lonelygal2

Posted by Fallen4MyT on January 20, 2005, at 19:22:32

In reply to new update., posted by lonelygal2 on January 20, 2005, at 18:01:00

I will be praying this appointment goes well I am sooo happy they got you in fast...I am here for you and mega hugs

 

how did it go? (nm)

Posted by rainbowbrite on January 21, 2005, at 13:49:55

In reply to new update., posted by lonelygal2 on January 20, 2005, at 18:01:00

 

I want to know too. (nm)

Posted by mair on January 21, 2005, at 17:49:40

In reply to how did it go? (nm), posted by rainbowbrite on January 21, 2005, at 13:49:55

 

Caring Babblers want to know ???? (nm)

Posted by Fallen4MyT on January 21, 2005, at 19:31:00

In reply to I want to know too. (nm), posted by mair on January 21, 2005, at 17:49:40

 

Re: Caring Babblers want to know ????

Posted by lonelygal2 on January 22, 2005, at 1:25:15

In reply to Caring Babblers want to know ???? (nm), posted by Fallen4MyT on January 21, 2005, at 19:31:00

hey everyone. i met with my new therapist tonight and things went pretty well. well, i was sort of worried about meeting beforehand b/c i just wasn't in a good mood, like i felt like i couldn't at all talk about emotions or feelings anymore b/c i felt nothing whatsoever...
but anyways, i met with her and i told her surprisingly a whole lot. like she kept asking me a whole lot of questions about how i've been feeling and then we sort of got into my family and i was just telling her that i didn't really care about anything and so when she would ask me questions i would just answer without fighting b/c i didn't care at all. so in a way, my not caring was helpful b/c i told her a whole lot more than i would have normally. and she sort of explained to me that this week i had probably had had enough with so many different emotions that my mind had probably just sort of shut down. and that makes a whole lot of sense to me.
i went out with an old friend tonight to see a movie and have drinks and it has been a surprisingly alright, maybe even good? day. i am a little tipsie right now so probably i am not amking as much sense as i would like to, but i wanted to let all of you know how my appt. went now that i got home.
i have another appt. wed. i guess i am sort of happy that this therapist seems to be really probing and knows how to deal with all my resistance. b/c i felt going in that she would for sure be annoyed with me b/c of my attitude today. but i don't think she really was. so umm, i'm happy. maybe she cares some and maybe i won't be so alone in all my thoughts. oh and i even told her some of what all i had been thinking about. she made me sign a no-harm contract and told me more numbers to call. hmm, that's all. i'm sleepy. good night.

 

Re: Caring Babblers want to know ???? lonelygal2

Posted by rainbowbrite on January 23, 2005, at 17:50:03

In reply to Re: Caring Babblers want to know ????, posted by lonelygal2 on January 22, 2005, at 1:25:15

Lonleygal
I must have missed this yesterday, I am so glad it worked out better than expected and that you had a nice evening out :). it is great you have an appoint to see her agian soon, and hopefully it will go even better. I am really happy for you

take care
rain

 

Re: Caring Babblers want to know ???? lonelygal2

Posted by mair on January 23, 2005, at 21:16:01

In reply to Re: Caring Babblers want to know ????, posted by lonelygal2 on January 22, 2005, at 1:25:15

Gee, I meant to respond to this yesterday. Your post made me feel that you're probably in good hands. I'm really happy you had a positive reaction to her and that you're going back soon. It sounds like she wants to stay on top of things. Please keep letting us know how things are going for you.

mair

 

Re: Caring Babblers want to know ????

Posted by lonelygal2 on January 24, 2005, at 7:23:21

In reply to Re: Caring Babblers want to know ???? lonelygal2, posted by mair on January 23, 2005, at 21:16:01

hi all,
my t actually called on sat to check-in and asked if i would come in today b/c she got the name of some pdocs so that i would start meds again and hopefully see someone soon.
i am so nervous right now about going again. it was better friday when i just plain didn't care and didn't worry.
i am sort of freaking out. i don't want to trust her and then get hurt somehow. also, i'm worried that by seeign her today i'll have to wait a whole long long time before i see her next week- if its like my next appt would be hte next wed. and i don't want to ask to see her sooner b/c then umm i feel dumb. :(
i surrounded myself with people this weekend, like wasn't alone for more than a couple of hours so that i would be forced to not be able to do anything or think about doing anything. but i can't do this for forever.
i am also pissed that i signed that no-harm contract b/c i think it's stupid. what does it matter what i choose to do?
grrr.
i'm scared about today.

 

Re: Caring Babblers want to know ???? lonelygal2

Posted by mair on January 24, 2005, at 8:22:28

In reply to Re: Caring Babblers want to know ????, posted by lonelygal2 on January 24, 2005, at 7:23:21

Tell her everything you've said here. I think it's important that you tell her how afraid you are of getting attached to someone who isn't going to be there for the long haul, and I think it's important to tell her how fragile you are now, although the fact that she called you indicates that she knows this.

The push-pull is tough. You need contact with her to keep yourself safe, and you don't want to get attached to her because of perceived future pain. I'd always err on the side of safety. Once you're feeling alot better and over this awful hump, you can deal alot more calmly and systematically with what happens when you have to leave the area.

And I certainly wouldn't be afraid to tell her that 10 days is too long to wait between appointments.

Post us a note after you've seen her.

Mair

 

Re: Caring Babblers want to know ???? lonelygal2

Posted by shrinking violet on January 24, 2005, at 10:17:39

In reply to Re: Caring Babblers want to know ????, posted by lonelygal2 on January 24, 2005, at 7:23:21

LG,

I cant type much now as my kitten has settled himself in the crook of my left arm but i wanted to wish you luck and strength today. let us know how it turns out.

sv

 

Re: Caring Babblers want to know ????

Posted by lonelygal2 on January 24, 2005, at 10:48:24

In reply to Re: Caring Babblers want to know ???? lonelygal2, posted by shrinking violet on January 24, 2005, at 10:17:39

thanks you guys... i can't believe i'm so nervous. i feel like physically sick and i'm at work and i can't concentrate and things aren't goign well, and i want to go home, but jeez i dont want to get people mad at me. and i'm scared of her, but i want her help, but i don't want to want her help, and yuck.


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