Just Some Things...

That I would like to share :)

A few weeks ago whole month ago... I was over on The Young Retiree's blog and she admitted to starting some therapy sessions because she was ANGRY! lol. I thought she was spot on, and she inspired me to start going to my OWN therapy sessions::
You know this song?! It's so good. :)
So, I decided that I needed to make an appointment. After I had this realization... It took me SO long to actually MAKE that appointment. I've known for SOME TIME that I have been needing to see someone about some things! It mostly took me so long because I live like... 100 ft away from the Mental Health Clinic here on post, and it was just too easy.

But I did it. I had my first appointment on the 26th of last month. It was pretty ... anxiety induced at first. Walking into the clinic, I had to arrive 30 minutes early to fill out paperwork... and believe me, you NEED all of that 30 minutes! They ask some HARD questions on that paperwork too. But luckily as soon as I got into the office of my assigned therapist he went over it with me, and it was alright. I got to explain my answers and everything.

I was super nervous at first, during the beginning of the session. We went over the paperwork together, and then he asked me to tell me about myself. While I was talking he would tell me if he had similar interests or experiences. It was super nice, and started to make me feel more comfortable while talking with him. I also found it odd to have a male. But honestly, I get along with males better anyhow. 

Anyway, I think it was really good that I finally took that step and made an appointment. At the end of the session he gave me a book to read (which I am still working on reading... I kind of find it really hard to read...), and some charts to fill out each day covering my mood(s). During reading this book, (that I am not very far into... even though my appointment is on Friday...) I decided to start keeping a daily mood journal. Basically I just write about my day. Sometimes it is a short entry, and sometimes it's long. I try to write down how I am feeling, but sometimes it just turns into a list of things I did that day. Sometimes I don't even write in it... I am really bad at doing things every day, except drinking coffee! haha.

I am very excited for my next appointment. I have three more appointments lined up so far, and am curious about how each one is going to go. I got to tell him how I really didn't want to take any medication and was hoping that just talking would do it's magic. But hey, you never know. :)


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  1. Thanks for writing about going to therapy. I'm perfectly content to tell the world that I take anti-depressants, but less comfortable with saying "I have depression." Weird, huh? Anyway, I'm only just now getting better about "admitting" that I see a therapist, but I think it's really important for people with non-mental-health blogs to talk about mental health, too, in a matter-of-fact, this-is-life kind of way. So go you.

  2. Good for you. I am a firm believer that every can benefit from counseling no matter what. I've been meaning to make an appointment for about 6 months now. It's so hard. I admire your courage to do it.

  3. Interesting - let me know how that works for you!

  4. Good for you--that first step is always the hardest! I didn't have the best experience with mental health office here in VA but I think I'll take another go at it once I'm settled in TX--lord knows I'll need all the help I can get! :D


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