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Shrink or not shrink?

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Would you be willing to see a shrink (any kind of psychologist/psychotherapist) or do you generally tend to rely on your "brains" to self-analyze and maybe get better?
Why yes/not?
Thanks for your replies.
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I've been seeing a psychologist for weekly therapy sessions for the last... 3 years?

It's very useful. I just need to be able to verbalize what is going on in my head and having a set time every week that I can go to a secure, comfortable setting and really open up and be honest about my inner turmoil without fear of rejection is the best way for me to learn to do that.

She (my therapist, who I suspect to be an INFJ) doesn't ever tell me what to do. She'll give me suggestions or possible solutions if I ask her for them, but mostly she's someone that I can just talk to totally candidly who will take what I've said and give me slightly different perspectives on it. She makes me feel comfortable enough that I can feel and emote totally honestly in front of her, which has done enormous good for my resistance to emotional expression due to fear of rejection.

I highly suggest it. Even if you're not depressed, it's great to have another mind to bounce ideas and feelings off of.
If I undestand well, just talking helps? Even if she doesn't "analyze" things with you?
Interesting... It's indeed very different from what I would expect from a therapist.
Sure, if someone else than me would pay for it i would do it.

As it stands i am way to healthy to get the government to pay for a therapist and way to untroubled by my troubles to put down the money for private therapy sessions.
I started seeing one back in july.

She only talks to me about my medication. Never asks me about anything else. unfortunately I've got some anxieties and obsessive tendencies which can't necessarily be pinpointed with just meds, ya know? And it's seriously started taking a toll on my relationships, and I'm scared they'll cause me to relapse into depression.

Don't really know what to do :unsure:
i took an SSRI for 2 months about 2-ish years ago and hated it. it numbed me and slowed down my mind. dropped it cold turkey and never saw that psychiatrist again. my therapist supported me in that.

find someone new.
I started seeing one back in july.

She only talks to me about my medication. Never asks me about anything else. unfortunately I've got some anxieties and obsessive tendencies which can't necessarily be pinpointed with just meds, ya know? And it's seriously started taking a toll on my relationships, and I'm scared they'll cause me to relapse into depression.

Don't really know what to do :unsure:
SSRI's are evil. Pretty sure they actually made me more depressed. Nearly killed myself. I'm on antipsychotics and beta blockers now, and I can't tell if I'm doing any better than normal, or if I've just improved cause I stopped taking the ssri.
i took an SSRI for 2 months about 2-ish years ago and hated it. it numbed me and slowed down my mind. dropped it cold turkey and never saw that psychiatrist again. my therapist supported me in that.

find someone new.
I would, and I want to (curious), but I doubt I will go to a prolonged therapy ever. Pretty stabile+too lazy.
Generally, I tend to analyze myself and work things out on my own instead of going to others. Since I do this, and generally effectively, it would sort of lead me to not have anything productive to say to the shrink. In the past when I've visited professionals, most of the advice they would share with me were already things I had considered and scanned.
But it is fascinating talking to some shrinks, especially if they know what they're talking about. While I'm not so much interested in helping myself, I'd love to talk to one just to better understand human emotion, behavior, etc.
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my oh my.
i've been on paxil for the past 12 years or so. it takes the bottom most lows away. I'm on a low dosage but know when i miss a day that evening.

I'm gonna get hammered for this, but a psychyatrist thinks most things worth curing are cured with drugs.
A psychologist, or a great counselor, will help guide you through understanding your troubles and dealing with them in healthy ways.

I've seen counselors. Helped me immensely. I drug my ex wife to one when we were having troubles in our marriage. I drug her to one during our court battles after the divorce to try to find common ground to avoid issues with the kids. I went to one during all this.

I dated a lady who is a counselor for 6 months.

Yes, I believe in counselors.
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I was on SSRI for about 6 months, it was realy shit at first for like 2 months maybe, but now i actually see they kind of did balance my self-esteem, but damn these side effects, if you cant take it for 2 days then the brain gets so damn slow and socialising is impossible.
Lol, you drugged her a lot ;)
I've been thinking of seeing a counselor and my ENTP bf agrees. But I feel shy about putting on a show in front of a stranger. "He does this", "She says that". Euh... what good can we get from it I wonder. I think separate therapies could be beneficial though, but my bf thinks (as some say above) that he can analyze himself pretty well already, which honestly I doubt.
I've seen counselors. Helped me immensely. I drug my ex wife to one when we were having troubles in our marriage. I drug her to one during our court battles after the divorce to try to find common ground to avoid issues with the kids. I went to one during all this.

I dated a lady who is a counselor for 6 months.

Yes, I believe in counselors.
you're not supposed to put on a show. you're supposed to be honest.
Lol, you drugged her a lot ;)
I've been thinking of seeing a counselor and my ENTP bf agrees. But I feel shy about putting on a show in front of a stranger. "He does this", "She says that". Euh... what good can we get from it I wonder. I think separate therapies could be beneficial though, but my bf thinks (as some say above) that he can analyze himself pretty well already, which honestly I doubt.
if there are behaviors which are destructive to the relationship, a mediocre counselor can point them out and suggest strategies to minimize them.

relationship counselors are different than individual counselors. In my opinion, an INFJ makes a great relationship counselor, and an INFP makes a great individual counselor.
Lol, you drugged her a lot ;)
I've been thinking of seeing a counselor and my ENTP bf agrees. But I feel shy about putting on a show in front of a stranger. "He does this", "She says that". Euh... what good can we get from it I wonder. I think separate therapies could be beneficial though, but my bf thinks (as some say above) that he can analyze himself pretty well already, which honestly I doubt.
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