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PANIC & ANXIETY BASICS
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Yes, there are some not very good therapists out
there. And yes ...there are very good therapist out there for people with
an Anxiety Disorder. Refer to Chris Edwards Interview to review the guidelines
we can use to choose an appropriate therapist. Remember, your recovery is
Number One Priority.
- Annie recounted the following tale ... She was
referred to a Psychiatrist who was working out of her own home in Annie's
local area. This psychiatrist had cleaners come into her home at certain
times of the day. The first session with this psychiatrist was hard to
assess, commented Annie "I couldn't hear a thing which was said because
of the constant droning of the vacuum cleaners around us. Also the cleaners
would walk through the room whenever they felt and so there was no privacy."
Thinking she should give this therapist a second chance she booked in for
a session that was earlier, thinking she would avoid the cleaners this
time. Annie turned up early and was told by the household help to sit on
the back steps until the therapist was ready for her. Sitting there she
became aware that she could hear every word being said inside. The therapist
was with a young man who was obviously having some major emotional problems.
Annie shifted position in embarrassment. She was left waiting for an extra
half an hour until finally the young man left. The psychiatrist emerged
from the house, greeting Annie with "I should be back in half an hour,
I've just got to run down to the Travel Agent." Annie was left dumbfounded.
What did she do? ... wait or leave ... Yes, she left. A couple of days
later she received a note from the therapist. The note read "Sorry
I missed you, hope you are feeling fine." As Annie said later, What
a gall of this person .... it was just lucky I wasn't feeling suicidal!!
And then there was...
- A young lady goes to her therapist for her normal
weekly one hour session. She has been going for quite some time and is
feeling frustrated in her lack of progress. Usually the therapist is late
and leaves her waiting for up to 20 minutes. Finally she enters the room,
the therapist poised behind his big leather desk. Just as she starts to
address the issues for this week, he jumps up and tells her to hold that
thought .. he just had to dash out and talk to a colleague for a minute.
Forty five minutes later he returned to the room as if nothing had happened.
In recounting the story, the lady wondered whether he did it deliberately
to test her. What the test was she didn't know ... what do you think?
- Rebecca had 6 months on the waiting-list before
she saw a reputedly terrific Psychiatrist. At last the day came for her
appointment. She was kept waiting 2 hours before being ushered into the
room. The psychiatrist's initial questions revolved around what she had
been experiencing. Then he asked what she was fearful of.
- "What do you mean?" she asked.
- "Well, you are fearful of something aren't
you" replied the psychiatrist.
- "Sure" Rebecca replied "these
god damn panic attacks. That's what I've been telling you."
- "No, no .." continued the psychiatrist
"there must be something that you are scared of .. elevators, dogs,
- "Well, I guess when I was a kid I was scared
of spiders but I don't see what that has to do with the panic attacks .."
- "Great" said the psychiatrist "now
we are getting somewhere."
- That was the end of the session and so an appointment
was set for the next week. Rebecca felt she needed the help so returned
promptly on time for the next appointment. This time she only had to wait
45 minutes. When she entered the consulting room, she noticed a jar of
spiders sitting on the desk. The psychiatrist told her for this session
she would sit and watch the spiders until her fear of them was alleviated.
She would sit at a distance and then get closer and closer. He left the
room, leaving her to contemplate what this would do to help with the panic
attacks she experienced ... even when not one spider was in sight. At the
end of the session (of course she couldn't leave early, it would appear
rude) she got up and never went back.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemies though....
- Paul had the wrong idea about what therapy was
for. He, in effect, became the "perfect" patient. Every session
he came back and told the doctor how much better he was getting. He talked
in glowing terms about how much the doctor had helped him. In actual reality,
he was getting worst. Eventually the therapist had no other option but
to release Paul from treatment, congratulate him and to let him go. Paul
had no other recourse but to go - how could he tell the therapist the truth
- Meg had her first appointment with a Psychiatrist.
She worried about what he would say about her. Before she went she tried
to calm herself and was poised, cool and collected. She entered the consulting
room and sat "relaxed" and spoke in terms that diminished her
actual experience. At the end Meg asked the psychiatrist "Do you think
I am having a nervous breakdown?" He looked over his spectacles at
her .. "I don't think so ..."
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