Author Topic: Do therapists really work?  (Read 1967 times)

[Buddie]

Do therapists really work?
« on: October 10, 2010, 01:52:00 pm »
Hi all,

I'm currently tapering off lorazepam.  Originally prescribed up to 3mg by a pshychiatrist in hosp pysch ward for GAD.  Couldn't relax for about 20 hrs.  I still have anxiety issues & would like to see a therapist.  I'm unemployed & no ins.  Would have to use savings; hubbie not happy about that.  Do therapists really help?  Or is anyone familiar w/the Linden Method?

TIA,
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[Buddie]

Re: Do therapists really work?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010, 04:51:43 pm »
If you find the right therapist for you, I think therapy absolutely does work for anxiety, especially Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  If you do go, I recommend letting your gut feelings about the therapist and your mutual "chemistry" to determine whether you return.  I went to some who charged reduced fees (when I had no insurance) and the fit wasn't right but I stuck with them because of the cost.  That was a mistake and I wasted a lot of time and money.  I've heard the Linden method mentioned here before but don't know anything about it. You might try doing a forum search.
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[Buddie]

Re: Do therapists really work?
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2010, 12:15:39 am »
The Linden method in a nutshell: embrace your anxiety. Try to make yourself panic. And, once you get through with panic, ignore your anxiety and act like you are perfectly fine. And drink chamomile tea for sleep.

And he also tells you about what we would consider an overly rapid taper that he did. I really don't think he gets benzo withdrawal.

I can't tell you about therapists, because mine refused to see me after I became housebound a few months in.
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Re: Do therapists really work?
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 12:36:28 am »
I have read that therapy does work, especially cognitive behavioral therapy. I hope to get some soon.
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Re: Do therapists really work?
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2010, 03:47:27 am »
Well, I will admit that I've been in therapy for my OCD since I was 8 years old, so I do know that therapy works for normal anxiety. I just don't know how well it works in benzo withdrawal. But most people seem to report success.

I'm hoping to get in contact with a more local therapist that can make house calls. Heck, I'd even take a case worker until I can get out again.
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Re: Do therapists really work?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2010, 04:20:41 am »
I've been to many and none helped a large amount.
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Re: Do therapists really work?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 04:30:34 am »
they helped lighten my wallet to the tune of $200 an hour.  My mind is still mangled.
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Re: Do therapists really work?
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010, 02:54:08 pm »
I sent you some info regarding the Linden method in your other post hun on welcome to the community. It didn't really help me much to be honest. Also I did try seeing a therapist, and she just didn't understand w/d and actually going to see her made me more angry and depressed so I stopped going. Some people on here have mentioned going to great therapists though, so if you can find one that understands w/d that may be great for you.
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Re: Do therapists really work?
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2010, 12:39:37 am »
I wondewr the same....since it benzo causing it...how does therapy help....I tried it once...it didnt do much for me...I mean its so chemical for us in w/d  :(
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Re: Do therapists really work?
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2010, 05:26:30 am »
Because therapy actually manipulates the chemical. That's the point.

The only reason I can come up with that therapy wouldn't work is if it depends on functioning GABA. And the only technique I can think of that could require that is Exposure therapy. And I've never had a therapist force that on me.

Then again, I'm also very, very assertive with therapists now. I tell them straight out what I expect from them. If I finally do get a therapist who will come to my house, I plan on telling them that I don't care if they believe I'm in withdrawal, as long as they let me set my own pace, and they don't try to discourage me from believing it.

My main reason for wanting a therapist is so I know I'm doing all I can to get better. Plus, I want someone I can talk to to calm me down.

And, anyways, have you not noticed that a lot of what they teach you in therapy is what is mentioned here as helping people get through this? That's the point. If you don't approach therapy as a cure, but as something to help you through, I think you'll do a lot better.

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