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Tomorrow is my first therapy session. I don't really want to do it, but I told my mother I would.

What should I expect?
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tell them everything, even if you think it would get you put in prison
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>>25905663
Try to expect as little as possible to minimize disappointment.
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good goy

pay the nice therapist they'll fix all of your problems oy vey.

take the pills that kill your libido and make you essentially sterile they'll help i swear.
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>>25905708
It's covered by my health insurance, dingus. And therapists can't prescribe medicine.
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>>25905663
they will laugh at you and prescribe medications.
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>>25905724
yes they can, it is literally their only job.
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>>25905753
No, only psychiatrists can prescribe meds.
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>>25905692
That's by far the worst kind of advice.
Don't do that.
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>>25905841
I don't really have any illegal thoughts anyways. I don't want to hurt myself or others.
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>>25905663
Expect bullshit "mental exercises" that you could easily do yourself and lots of normie replies like "get a new hobby" or "BEEEE yourself"
Most of the shit a therapist will say is just basic ass shit that you've probably heard a million times.
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>>25906004
Thats really weird. No wonder you're seeing a shrink.
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>>25906017

To be fair, that normie advice DOES work if you force yourself to do it, and your therapist is a decent enough human being to tell you that you're going to fuck up and feel uncomfortable for years, because there's no magical fix for your life.

Look, OP.

Most therapists these days just listen to your troubles, then help you come up with a plan to sort your life out.

There's no tricks. There's no miracles.

Therapists are life coaches with actual licenses and degrees.

Are you willing to make changes to your life in order to get shit sorted out?

Because modern psychotherapy is based on behavioral therapy, that is to say, build yourself a routine to follow, and continue to build on that until you've got a more normal life than you've had before.
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I went to 4 sessions and it was a joke. She just sat there and nodded her head for an hour. At first I listed out specific problems and issues then I realized I could say whatever I wanted and she'd agree. So the 4th time I just sat there and told her that I hate the gays and that jews were the cause of my suffering. And she just sat there and nodded. Waste of my damn time.
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>>25906105
I'm willing to try, but I don't know if I have the capability to change. I feel too far gone.
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>>25905663
Medications and lots of them, a record that will haunt you for ever
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>tell my therapist that I see shadows of animals, loud banging noises in my house (like someone shooting a gun or slamming a pan real fucking hard), and I sometimes see fake people
>she didn't do anything

fuck you hag I haven't been outside of my room for 6 days
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>>25906292

It's hard work. But I think you should give it a chance.

The worst thing you can do is squander the opportunity and waste your time.

Be open to making small changes in your life, and actually ask for advice. They will provide suggestions. If you try to make good on those suggestions, then during the next session, you can talk about how that went, and go from there.

That's all good therapists do.
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>>25906347

A therapist can't do anything about that. Did you ask for a referral to a specialist, or if they could do any tests at their practice/center?

I helped a student get a schizophrenia diagnosis from a community mental health center his senior year before he went off to college, after he confided in me that he was dealing with some auditory hallucination shit, because he was worried, but didn't feel he could talk about it with his dad.

If you went into therapy and then dropped that story on a therapist, they might not have been equipped to deal with it, because therapists are just life coaches, and they have to go through a chain of procedures to acquire a diagnosis.


Talk to your local county Mental Health/Mental Retardation center. They often offer free screenings and tests(though it may take some time).
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>>25905663
I've been working as a bottom of the rung therapist for about 1 year now. Ask me whatever you want while you have my attention. To answer your first question generally: It's going to depend on the therapist. I know that's not much help, but it's the truthful answer.
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>>25905663
Who's that cute girl?
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>>25906460
How much weird shit am I supposed to tell them?
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>>25905663
tell the consumer that she is a disgusting normie and roar at her until she kicks you out. Easy to escape therapy. I did it all the time. Either way, therapist are more for normies with relationship problems than they are with robots like us. err...fuck em tbqh.
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>>25906527
That depends what you're looking to get out of the experience. If you want them to have the best understanding of what you're dealing with and are interested in building up a trusting relationship with your therapist, tell them as much as you want. They SHOULDN'T judge you for what you're telling them, although sometimes they do. They're are limits to confidentiality, like the intention to harm yourself or others, and suspected child/elder abuse. Otherwise, think of it as your time to say whatever the fuck you want.
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>>25906527

It's best to be straightforward, but don't gush.

Something like "I'm here because I'm having trouble functioning on a day to day basis because I get really nervous and anxious all the time, especially around people I don't know."

Or "I'm really depressed and I don't know why."

Or "I'm really depressed because of XXXXXXX"

Or "I'm seeing some crazy stuff, can you help me figure out what to do?"


Don't go in asking about medications. Don't go in on the defensive. Don't go crazy and gush on this person or try to be their friend.

I guess.....treat them like you would a member of the community you'd normally show friendly respect to? Like a teacher/priest/doctor?
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>>25906527
I'm not the same person but I've been in therapy more than half my life now and I spent the first 8 years of it not saying anything to get help so...
My advice, if it's worrying you, mention it.
Tell them your basic family background if it's kinda important- for instance abuse of any kind. (They should ask but...) You're over 18 so you don't have to worry but that can be a point where they intervene if you're a minor if it's ongoing.
Check the confidentiality and mandatory reporting shit before you tell them anything about: suicidal thoughts, drug use, or any other kind of law-breaking. (They can and will lock you up in a ward it happened to me for the suicidal shit)
Other than that tell them anything you think they would need to know to understand your mental/emotional state and figure out a way to really help you.
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>>25906582
>>25906667
>>25906717
Ok, thanks for the advice. I'm pretty nervous, I've never opened up to anybody besides anonymous venting on 4chan. But that's not really opening up.
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>>25906804
dont do it. Consoler is a fucking normie. She cant help you!!!
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>>25906804
A good therapist will notice your anxiety pretty quickly, although it's going to depend on their style in regards to how they go about addressing it with you. Personally, I'm very direct and have a tendency to address things quickly. This has as much to do with in insensitive, brash robot personality style as anything else. Others may give you some room to be anxious and ease into the experience by discussing more cursory issues. Whatever the case may be, if the therapist is empathetic enough to recognize any discomfort on your part or an intentional avoidance of difficult issues over time , they'll adjust to what you need. Or they won't, and you won't feel heard or respected in the process. If that's the case, voice your concerns and see how able they are to work with you and acknowledge what you need. If they don't, start shopping around for a new therapist.
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>>25905663
Just know that if you go into it thinking, "fuck this shit, I don't want to be here, this won't do anything for me" then it definitely won't.
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>>25906360
listen to this anon. my therapist has helped me a ton, but its a process that takes time. and if you don't click with them, don't be afraid to find another.
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>>25906995
But normies know how to be normies. I don't want to be a robot. I want to be reprogrammed.
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>>25906804
Nerves are normal and I still get them when I'm talking to the same person I've talked to forever
I've started writing stuff out before-hand of what's been bothering me because I go mute when I get stressed enough, really writing all the stuff down and bringing that in is never a bad way to go. (They can read it or you can read it to them)
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>>25907100
I seriously can't tell if normies know how to be normies innately or not?
I function but only cuz I've learned how to act in most situations I come up with on a daily basis. I basically just pretend all day...
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>>25907219

It doesn't matter whether it's innate or not.

Part of behavioral therapy is realizing you may never become 100% 'normal', and making your peace with that, but setting realistic goals and making increasing changes to make your life manageable and worth living.
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>>25906995
i wholeheartedly agree with this statement.
6 years of therapy and 5 different counselors did nothing but make me more of a recluse.
i used my weekly appointment as an excuse to go shopping and whatever. then spent the rest of the week justifying to myself that i had gone out just days ago. and at the end of the day none of them knew what i was going through. and all the explination in the world couldnt change that. no matter how much i opened up. i only ever felt as if they had heard me. not that they understood, or knew the feeling. and as far as helping me goes. Ive received the same sound advice from the good people of 4chan for the cost of an internet connection. and from the safety of my home. coping techniques arent exactly a secret. point is, it was a huge waste of time and money.
spend your money on booze, heroin, and anime instead
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>>25907279
>heroin
fuck no

I may be stupid but I'm not dumb
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>>25907270
Damn I wanted a magic pill /sarcasm

I think my main problem is that I've lived most of my life with the expectations that I'm normal and capable of normal things and it's a very large and bitter bullet to swallow accepting that there's stuff I can't do. I was the better-than-normal posterchild and now I'm all kinds of fucked up with permanent medical conditions.

I'm relearning everything and trying to figure out where manageable actually is for me.

If I knew it weren't innate for normies too then it would just make me feel better? We're all bumbling along together kinda thing...
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>>25907279

Says the sad sack.
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>>25907100
Normies are born and molded into normies. They often don't even know what social norms are. Jesus fucking christ, they tell you to just talk to strangers to make friends.

Unless you go there and tell her you're suicidal or murderous or marxist nothing "bad" will happen but m8y, shes not going to solve your problems.
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>>25907499

To be fair, most of them are bumbling but are good at hiding it or are too stupid to realize they're bumbling.

There's a reason why AWKWAAAARRRRD is like the pinnacle of normie humor these days, and it's because they only sometimes realize that shit's awkward.
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>>25907512
I'm not asking to become a chad. I just want to be able to do basic stuff. I want to be able to look people in the eyes, have a little bit of self-esteem, not evacuate my asshole when a girl gets near me, be able to make small talk and ask innocent non-personal questions to strangers, maybe make a friend or two.
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>>25907531
Oh thank god
I'm at college and still don't see any people fucking up and nobody as badly as I feel I am. I guess they really do just hide it, but I expected more people wearing pajamas to class while their life falls apart

I had no actual clue that's what they think is funny. I make a lot of puns and similar wordplay to be funny
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>>25907625
I just, personally, don't really think it will help too much. Any tips she give you will probably read like something out of a dull self-help book.

I hope i'm wrong. I hope it works out really well for you. At the end of the day, as long as you don't start chatting her up about suicide or CP you can't really hurt yourself too much anyway. Good luck.
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>>25907625
That they can help with friend
(It will involve a lot of effort on your part, probably like 'positive self-talk' which feels dumb but kinda helps a little)
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Same here OP. First session tomorrow. Don't want to go but need to make mom happy. Xanax deliver me from these evils
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>>25907782
Meds take like 2 weeks to work most of the time and you can have a hell of a time finding ones that work for you, just fyi

For instance I'm on 3 different kinds and still not functional

Meds also really don't do all the work
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>>25907844
Xanax is no SSRI my man
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>>25907844
yeah benzos arent a long time thing, theyre quick patches/addictive as fuck
im on other meds and finally found some that kinda work but made me gain weight
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>>25907884
Oh well, have fun then
i totally thought that was a medication for something tho (ADD?)
(I don't know my drugs at all because I don't actually do them)
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>>25907955
Weight gain sucks assss
My medical conditions make me not lose weight too
Now I'm actually on meds that remove my appetite and that's been fun and a lot of forgetting to eat/not eating because I literally can't bear putting any of it in my mouth
They work good though and I'm actually losing some weight because if everything is gross I might as well eat healthy when I do eat
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I told my psychiatrist I have an uncontrollable fetish for people watching me masturbate and I started unzipping.

She didn't stop me until I actually started jerking it in front of her. She still wanted to see me after that.
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So I shouldn't tell her I like to wear girls' underwear unless it becomes directly relevant, right?
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>>25908078
Does it make you uncomfortable/cause stress in your life?
No-> don't tell her
Yes to either-> tell her
so basically not unless it's relevant, yeah
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>>25905692
Dude, they're not priests.

If you tell your therapist that you keep a knife by your bed and think about killing your mum a lot when she comes to wake you up, he's under no obligation to keep that information to himself.
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do you plan on telling them anything 4chan related?
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>>25908146
Probably not. If it comes up I'll just say I spend a lot of time on the internet.
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just remember to be open-minded

they can't help you if you don't think it's going to work
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