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anyone here or heard of "identified patient"?
August 26, 2006
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it is my understanding that the term roughly means the member of the family that is acting out the family's dysfunction. I am almost 30 and am in counseling but not family therapy. my family and my family history does affect on a daily basis. my counselor told me about the term in a recent session and said that i am my family's identified patient. i am not acting out in the obviously distructive ways but suffer from depression and have trouble with day to day things like going to work. the term really upsets me. i know it is just a clinical term but it seems unfair. just wondering if anyone else had any thoughts on the term. i think that is should be termed something else, i just haven't been able to come up with anything else that seems to fit. any ideas?

August 26, 2006
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Please don't take the phrase "identified patient" too much to heart. I have also heard it described as the person with the presenting problem. Its really about acknowledging the effect of the family 'system' on one person.

For example, you know about a weather vane or wind direction thingee on top of a house. Well the entire house is affected by the wind yet only the weather vane demonstrates it by moving around ... right?

Please tell your counselor about your feelings toward this label since it may open up other issues.

For now be proud that you are working on yourself and your issues and think of yourself as the flower that has been fertilized by all the manure in your past and grow and blossom into all you can be.

August 27, 2006
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littlespirit,

thanks for the reply. i really like the analogy about the weather vane.

i am proud that i am working on myself. i just think that the term is so negative, especially when it id's the person who seems to find the problem with the dysfunction. i am not really hung up on the term, i just thought it might provide some humorous relief to think of a more appropriate and positive term--kinda tongue in cheek.

August 27, 2006
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IF YOU THINK YOU GOT IT BAD READ MY GOING BACK TO PRISON THREAD,I THINK YOU WILL REALIZE IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE...BUT I THINK YOU SHOULD KEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOING.COUNSELING IS WONDERFUL AND I WISH THAT I COULD BE SO LUCKY TO BE IN COUNSELING.I TRIED A COUPLE DIFFERENT ONES BUT NEVER FOUND ONE I WAS COMFORTABLE WITH IF THAT MAKES SENSE.KEEP GOING..BUTTERFLY

August 27, 2006
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Somehow it is never a comfort for me to know that someone else's pain and troubles are worse.

Keep searching for a therapist/counselor you can connect with. I went through about four or five until I connected with the one I see now and have seen for over 15 years!

She is the mother and voice of wisdom I needed

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