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totally lost track of time--in a strange, scary way
January 16, 2006
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i have had a very stressful past few days and have felt very overwhelmed i also started sharing about past sexual abuse with my therapist---a first for me in a place other than this sight. i left the house yesterday morning to get a few things from the store i was listening to a new cd and decided to drive a little while i listened to it and go to a store a few miles from my house instead of the one right around the corner and the next thing i know my low fuel light is dinging and i am in a town a few hrs away. this has never happened before! i am pretty shaken. mental illness runs in my family but, i have only battled depression since i was a teen, nothing else. any thoughts or similar experiences

January 16, 2006
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could be just a simple case of "daydreaming" or could be something more serious.

What kinds of mental illness runs in the family?

I know I have found times where I am driving along, and suddenly wonder where the last few miles have gone - and wonder if I was even paying attention to the road. I hate that feeling, it's scary!!!!

I would talk to the counselor about this - just to be on the safe side....perhaps you were simply daydreaming as a coping mechanism to the stress of sharing the abuse with the therapist...sometimes we "shut down" when we face something this stressful.

It's okay to be concerned, but don't go "self diagnosing" cuz the family has an illness - yours may simply be stress induced.

January 16, 2006
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bipolar disorder runs in my family and my mom and grandmother have attemped suicide.

i was an hour from home and didnt know how i got there. i am hesitant to discuss this with my therapist although i am going to later this morning. i am nervous

January 16, 2006
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bipolar disorder does not cause you to "disassociate" from yourself.

Bipolar is simply a very high "high" - meaning very high level of happiness - then it swings to a very low "low" - which is the pit of depression.

I don't think that this qualifies.

Don't be nervous about telling the therapist....he/she will probably tell you to be careful and monitor it and see what happens - see if it happens again.

high stress causes alot of odd symptoms....you took a HUGE step to discuss the abuse with the therapist - and sometimes it is overwhelming and our body can do weird things to "protect" itself from the stress imploding on us.

The therapist is there to share with - and trust - you are doing the right thing.

January 16, 2006
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i know that a bipolar disorder would not cause this---just answering your question about mental illness in my fam.

it just seems so improbable (i don't think i spelled that right)

January 16, 2006
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sorry, was just clarifying my understanding of bipolar and trying to help you with your worries that perhaps you are like your family.

if you lived with it, of course you would know how it is....silly of me to try and explain it to someone who already knows.

anyway - it is improbable that it is bipolar - but still could be "something" - so talking to the therapist is the only way to find out.

January 16, 2006
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i talked to my therapist. she thinnks that i should have my meds adjusted and maybe see a psychologist--i don't know how i feel about that

January 16, 2006
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oops, i meant psychiatrist

January 16, 2006
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Depending on what medication you are on, it can affect you in different ways. The anti-depressant that I was on I found impacted my short term memory in minor yet annoying ways. The psychiatrist can check to see if maybe your med dosage is off or needs to be adjusted somewhat.

January 16, 2006
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not sure what credentials your therapist has - but I know that usually only licensed psychiatrists or licensed nurse practitioners can prescribe or manage medication dosages. a therapist is not licensed to prescribe medicine.

so perhaps that is the only reason she wants you to see a psychiatrist.

and ginger has a good point - my mom's short term memory has also been affected by her medication.

January 16, 2006
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My bf suffered from some sexual abuse as a child and when he started to talk about he experienced disassociations a few times, the first time it happened I was on the phone with him. He experienced some thing very similar to you and was a couple hours from home. He did have his meds adjusted and also once he actually talked through the abuse with his therapist and then told me about it as well, the disassociations went away. His dr said it is like a seizure to your brain where you are functioning phyiscally but mentally your mental awareness is impaired. Don't be afraid to talk to a psychiatrist about it, it is more common than you think and treatable. Take care!

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