Help me, help myself?
January 29, 2014 3:06 PM Subscribe
How to approach therapy when I'm not really sure what I'm going for but feel depression has a huge part of it. Kicker - the standard tests show I'm not and I don't know how far to push to get some help or what I even need help for.
posted by lpcxa0 to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been to therapy three times now, and have never had success with 2/3 of them. Actually 2/3 have been very bad and it took over a year each to reapproach therapy. I was at one time prescribed anti-depressants but weened myself off due to side effects. The 3rd guy is who I'm going to see soon again after a few months break which is a first. I think it's time that I start getting help, the only problem is - I have no idea what I'm seeking help for. The only way to describe it is it's like a splinter always present, always putting pressure on various parts of my brain, just enough to be annoying or depressing but rarely "bad". I don't think I'm suicidal ( I mean I've thought about it, rarely, in passing, but I think that's normal?), I don't feel worthless, I actually have a pretty great life all things considered. But yet, I can't shake the feeling that something is wrong and it's more then the occasional feeling that could be attributed to the weather, tiredness, or any other excuse.
So my question is, how do I get help when I don't know what I need help for? The second part is, how do I continue going even though I feel like a whiny person with no real issues while I'm sure he has some patients with real issues and I'm just complaining over that my life is pretty good?
The most immediate issue I could address is my alcohol use since I still binge drink on weekends 4 years after college and I'm ready to stop but am finding it difficult to. I guess a large portion of this could be attributed to maybe being a functional alcoholic but I rarely drink during the week?