This is another reader question that came to me recently:
I've thought about going to see a therapist about my weight issues, but am intimidated by it. Do you have any tips or thoughts?
I've struggled with depression and anxiety for over 16 years, and have shared some of those experiences. You can check them out here. To give you a frame of reference:
- I regularly see a therapist for counseling
- I see a psychiatric nurse practitioner who monitors my medications
- In 16 years I have tried 8 different medications or combos of medications to try to reach a point of stability.
- I currently take 3 different medications for my depression, anxiety and insomnia.
- There are great days, good days, bad days, and tremendously bad days. The good news is that the tremendously bad ones are extremely far and few between right now.
Therapy can be really helpful even if you don't feel depressed or anxious. It feels amazing to have an outlet to express emotions, feelings, and concerns without judgement and with someone who can arm you with tools to overcome them. The information presented below is based on personal experience only. Always follow the advice of a medical professional.
I hate that there is still a sigma around talking about mental health. If you feel like you may be in danger of harming yourself, please know you can talk to people. Call 1-800-273-TALK or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
Here are my suggestions about choosing a therapist: