I haven't been diagnosed with anything. I keep asking and they keep telling me to stop reading the psych books.
Maybe you should try therapy. I went to therapy 'cos I knew there was something wrong with me beside depression & anxiety. After a few months I was diagnosed as bipolar. You should read more books & keep a (medical) journal. Sometimes it takes awhile before you're diagnosed w/anything.
Mlle d. Sade said:I haven't been diagnosed with anything. I keep asking and they keep telling me to stop reading the psych books.
I am an old vetern of the psychoanalticial scene and in my experience it was a waste of my time. I thank Goddess I was never put on any pills but I saw an analyist for almost a year, going once a week and twice every other week. I use to be an extreme agoraphobic.I tried for years to deal with this problem on my own but eventually I ran out of ideas on what to do next. Seeking professional help was always my plan B and so, I entered therapy.
I don't think it helped me at all, all we ever did was talk. I remember one session I was so frustrated with it all that I didn't say a single word the whole hour. Felt good too.
Life is strange. I had a couple of mysticial experiences_ cosmic conscousness and an out of the body experience_ that got me to thinking maybe I could find the answers I sought in a study of mysticism and the occult. When I told my analyist of my decision she told me point blank: "you need help." When she said that it scared the living hell out of me but I didn't change my mind. This was one of the bravest moments of my life and I'm happy to say my plan worked, I am no longer agoraphobic.
My advice to anyone going through the hell of a mental illness is to hang in there, you never know what tomorrow will bring. I remember a dream I had back in my nightmare years of little kids jumping off a roof committing sucide. There was a radio on the roof with them and a voice coming from it asked a very interesting question: why run away from the rest of your life? I second that. Things can change. If you want to live you really have no other alternative but to keep hope alive and believe you me, I know how hard that can be. The worst of it for me were the times when I felt doomed to spend the rest of my life as an agoraphobic. Talk about despair. I've been free of my illness for a while now but it still seems like a miracle to me.
If anyone feels the need to talk to someone that's been there, by all means do so. I am on your side. You are my people.