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evenifigoalone

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My initial six months for counseling came and went; now the plan has been updated to another year. My case manager is on board with me job hunting. So hopefully now that I have some better tools in my hands for handling responsibility, I'll be able to handle it this time.
Interacting with people is getting easier, too. I'm working on leaving my comfort zone, and trying to break free of the habits I had developed to keep myself "safe". Easier said than done, but I am making progress and learning better social skills.

I'm thankful that there was such a resource in my area. Even if what I needed help with was far less severe than the problems of most of the other people I've met there, it's still something I was struggling with and needed help to learn how to pull myself out.

So we'll see what the future holds
 

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My initial six months for counseling came and went; now the plan has been updated to another year. My case manager is on board with me job hunting. So hopefully now that I have some better tools in my hands for handling responsibility, I'll be able to handle it this time.
Interacting with people is getting easier, too. I'm working on leaving my comfort zone, and trying to break free of the habits I had developed to keep myself "safe". Easier said than done, but I am making progress and learning better social skills.

I'm thankful that there was such a resource in my area. Even if what I needed help with was far less severe than the problems of most of the other people I've met there, it's still something I was struggling with and needed help to learn how to pull myself out.

So we'll see what the future holds
awesome - praying for more good things to come in the future

God bless you
 
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now that i think about it...less severe problems might be better for this sort of counseling+treatment. im glad you're getting the direction and guidance you need, and im glad the place is non-profit and all that jazz. :)
 

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I mentioned I'm doing better socially. While at this clinic, I was diagnosed with social anxiety. It was never severe, I'd get anxiety symptoms like chest pressure, muscle tension, headaches when interacting with people directly, constantly afraid of doing the wrong thing and afraid people were just looking for a reason to be upset with me. I'm getting more confident, and less afraid, and I haven't had anxiety symptoms in a while.
I was diagnosed meds, months back soon after going into counseling. I'm not anti meds by any stretch, but I think I'd prefer they not be a first solution and reserved for more severe cases. Maybe the meds are behind my recent lack of symptoms, maybe it's more the therapy and coping mechanisms I've undergone. In all honesty, while the meds are not hurting me at all (besides no anxiety, my memory is also better, I feel less need to use my fidget toys), I'd prefer not to be on them. So I do want to discuss that with my nurse. (If the anxiety comes back I can always go back on them.)

I don't wish to argue about meds, or whether social anxiety is real or not or anything, so please don't pull this thread in that direction. But this is what's on my mind right now.
I'm doing good, really good. I've had very little to complain about lately.
 
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I"m thankful that your mind is calming down and you're moving forward. Meds...from what I understand of the data, the antidepressants offer substantial symptom relief...in severe conditions (bad ocd, psychotic depression, etc.). Its when they're routinely administered to people with more moderate problems for a long time that things get ugly, it seems.

I do hope that your treatment offers benefits in your day to day living, over time. :)
 

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Yeah, speaking of OCD, I was almost diagnosed with that. Because some of my symptoms (obsessive, unwanted thoughts that generated anxiety) were consistent with it. But OCD isn't the only mental problem that includes obsessive thoughts.
 

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Well, it was to the extreme, like the thoughts interfered with my ability to concentrate and do work, and caused me to feel like something was wrong if I ignored them. My options were basically to constantly ruminate or ignore the thoughts as best I could and feel overly anxious and depressed. (And yet the only way to get rid of them was to do my best to ignore them for a few days. Then they'd finally go away.)
 

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A better term might be "intrusive thoughts", since that specifically means unwanted, distressing thoughts. Obsessions on the other hand can be positive, or at least pleasant.
 

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I'm glad the process you are going through is helping you as I am sure it is not an easy process, but we know God will bring you out and give you the victory and I praise Him for those who are helping you. Always in my prayers.
 

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I had an appointment with my counselor on Wednesday and talked to her about wanting to wean off the meds. She says that's possible, but if I do that I should have a strong set of coping mechanisms to fall back on.
It's just that I don't think I needed to be on the meds in the first place, since my anxiety isn't severe. Multiple sources I read said that for mild to moderate social anxiety, self help strategies are the preferred treatment, with meds being used in severe SAD. Which makes sense to me. But whatev. Like I said before, the meds aren't hurting me or causing me problems. Next I'll talk to my nurse about weaning off them.
And the clinic isn't just tossing meds at me and moving on, which is a great thing. They're actually teaching me stuff (which for anxiety is calming techniques, such as breathing exercises and mindfulness, etc).
 
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I had an appointment with my counselor on Wednesday and talked to her about wanting to wean off the meds. She says that's possible, but if I do that I should have a strong set of coping mechanisms to fall back on.
It's just that I don't think I needed to be on the meds in the first place, since my anxiety isn't severe. Multiple sources I read said that for mild to moderate social anxiety, self help strategies are the preferred treatment, with meds being used in severe SAD. Which makes sense to me. But whatev. Like I said before, the meds aren't hurting me or causing me problems. Next I'll talk to my nurse about weaning off them.
And the clinic isn't just tossing meds at me and moving on, which is a great thing. They're actually teaching me stuff (which for anxiety is calming techniques, such as breathing exercises and mindfulness, etc).
that sounds like a good plan forward - praise God
 
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