Tired of Crazy
February 18, 2009 10:51 AM Subscribe
I've been very depressed for my entire life and have decided that it's time for another ride on the therapy train. My previous trips were rather unpleasant, so I'm hoping for recommendations for a doctor in NYC and some general advice.
posted by wrinkle to health & fitness (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My life has been at a standstill (meaning I mostly stand still) for the past 12 years and it's time to put all of the angst aside and start living a little. I've seen two psychiatrists, one psychologist phd and some sort of a counselor in the past and never felt the slightest change or improvement. Mostly I just rolled my eyes, wrote a check and went home to sit on the couch.
I can't remember a time when I wasn't depressed so I have no idea what I'm "supposed" to feel like. When I was younger I would have manic periods where I would stay up for days and do lots of dangerous things, and I lived for those times because it was amazing to feel so alive. But now I care so little about everything that even the mania hasn't come to play in years. I'm not and I've never been suicidal but my profound apathy startles even me. Plus, it's getting boring. If you meet me on the outside I'm happy, confidant, friendly, outgoing, and often the life of the party. Seriously!
1. I need a therapist. Preferably not a psychiatrist because I won't take any drugs, but I would like them to have a PhD. Know anyone good in Manhattan?
2. In general, what type of therapist should I look for? What type of therapy have you found to be successful?
3. How should I screen therapists to find someone I click with?
Thanks for your help!