Have any of you gone to therapy to get help with mental health and come out with a diagnosis and was it helpful and it did take a long time to get a diagnosis, and was it worth it/did it help you decide what to do next or was it more like "well now I know!" and and and
I think I have ADHD and I'm going to see a therapist Thursday and I have been looking forward to it but now I'm nervous. Yup.
I had to see six doctors before one of them realised I was in bad enough shape to see a therapist. However it seems you've already got one on your side so that's neat. XD
But yeah it did help me but the therapist made it clear that I'd have to put as much work in as she did. You really have to want to get better, so it's good that you're excited.
She also made it clear that it wouldn't fix everything and that you're going to have to learn a lot of coping mechanisms that you have to do on your own. She said I'd always be a nervous person and that's definitely true, but it's nowhere near as crippling now. It's more of an educational experience, I'd say, at least it was for me.
I also saw a therapist recently for the same reasons but it was only for a few sessions and he didn't help much.
The experience varies from person to person so you're going to have to see how it affects you really. But like I said if you're feeling excited about it, I think you already know that it's the right step to take <3
I struggled with depression and PTSD in the past. I still struggle with anxiety more than the other two currently. I saw a therapist weekly to bi-weekly for 2 years and it helped tremendously. I also struggled with breaking off/getting new relationships and she also helped. My suggestion is to go with someone you a very comfortable with. Because of my situation, I was only comfortable seeing a woman and she was 15 years older than me and she specialized in things like depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationships, transitioning, and more things that didn't pertain to me. But she was very qualified, did it for years, and I loved her personality. I still see her time to time around town and hug her and tell her how much she's helped me.
Went in for depression, came out with an autism diagnosis. It's been really helpful, tbh. I was doing CBT therapy for my depression and it just wasn't working. Well, guess what doesn't tend to work on autistic people? Yep, CBT. So it helped me find something that had worked wonders.
The important thing about getting a diagnosis of any kind is that it doesn't change you as a person. You are still you, no matter what medical label you have.
Thank you all for sharing a bit of your experience/the support <3
I think I've been trying coping methods/navigating things a long time best I can I just got to the point where I'm kinda like "okay this isn't doing a good enough job and I'm struggling" so I think more coping methods could/might be helpful, and it's possible that medication would be helpful, but idk yet.
I actually skipped the doc and went straight to the therapist so hopefully I won't have to fill them in on too much/ I feel like we'll have a lot of ground to cover the first sesh but maybe it'll be really easy for them to get a sense of where I'm at, lol. I'm understanding that it might take some time to navigate, too, but I'm hopeful that I can at least get a diagnosis before I have to move again so that I don't have to meet with new professionals :/
I had a very traumatic experience as a teenager and was forced into therapy through an outside agency through school and that turned into an even more traumatic experience happening as a result of a certain person who was responsible for my 'care'. This did lead to severe mental health issues but more me trying really hard to 'forget' everything.
That did not work for me at all, but 8 years later I felt ready to talk about stuff and chose to go to therapy and saw an amazing woman who changed my life to be honest. I wouldn't be the person I am now without her. The last time I saw her was 2 years ago and she was incredible.
I think it works if it is your choice and you see the correct person.
It sounds like you know why you’re going in and want to go so I think things will go well! I have never been tested for ADHD so I don’t know how that goes but I imagine it won’t take that long. And to repeat what was said above, having a therapist you’re comfortable with is definitely good!
I’ve been to...3? 3+ therapists? First one was when I was very young and I think it was because of divorce reasons but I don’t remember. My mom has forced me to go to other ones for anxiety/depression and since I hate going and am forced to it never works out and feels like a waste of time. I exhibit a lot of OCD symptoms and would love meds for it but don’t want to go back because of pervious experiences. So anyway!! It sounds like it’s the opposite for you so I do think it will be helpful! Everything that happened to me is just advice on what not to do. And again, as stated above, you really have to want to make yourself better which is why nothing ever worked out for me. But again it sounds like it will be the opposite for you!
I honestly don’t think this applies here but when I went to the last therapist, when talking (even when we first met) he’d say “your anxiety” or “your depression” but never once flat out stated “you definitely have anxiety/depression.” That’s caused me sooo much anxiety not having someone just say it so uh, make sure you get a clear diagnosis lmao. I doubt what happened to me will happen to you though!
Semi related but when I got diagnosed with Crohn’s I had been having the symptoms for years and had that, “finally there’s a name for the symptoms/well now I know” feeling. So I think as you mentioned in your first post you’ll feel that, but it’ll help you know what to do next. Since you can’t do much without knowing what’s causing things. So if you’re interested in taking meds this will help you get to the next step since they can finally prescribe them!
TL;DR My experiences with therapists sucked because I was forced to go and didn’t want to, otherwise they were fine, I just hate being forced to do things lmao. They could prescribe meds at least which was nice. It sounds like you want to go so I do really think it will go well and they’ll be able to help you figure out what you want to do next.
I've seen different therapists for many years, some I've liked, some I haven't, some are meh.
Like the others have said, make sure you're comfy with the person or it's just not going to work. I wish I could still see the one I was seeing in college, but he is only available to college students and the other one I really liked is in a different city currently.
I've ended up with a couple of things diagnosed, but even without that, it was helpful going to talk to someone who I knew wasn't going to judge me or make me feel bad.
I was diagnosed with Depression when i was about 9 or 10 and i've had a rough time trying to find a new therapist that looks at me now as an adult that's lived through some serious abuse & trauma, but I finally found one last year (she ended up moving back to wisconsin or something, so i'm back to searching) but she ended up diagnosing me with PTSD and ADHD, and we were looking into BPD as well. Gimme ALL them acronyms i guess? lol.
The first time might seem a lil scary, because you're opening up to somebody you've never met before, and it's going to feel really awkward and eh... but just remember that the person is literally trained to help you. They won't arrest you for saying anything, they understand how you feel and are there to give you advice -- and if they don't mesh with you, you're free to look for someone else. Don't stick with somebody just because you feel like you have to. I had a therapist that didn't understand my Polyamorous lifestyle and demanded that I break up with my multiple partners, and go back to my catholic roots in the first two appointments with her. I don't think i've ever laughed so hard in my life at someone, TO their face.
But yeah. Just take your time, be patient, and don't be afraid to really find somebody that meshes well with you. you're going to be opening up to them about personal details, so that's super incredibly important <3 You can do eet! <3