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January 29, 2001
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I have a psych consult today after work. My GI doctor requested that I get one done just because he recommends it to all his patients who are chronically ill.

Bizarre...I'm having a complete panic attack about it, with sweats, breathing, racing heart, blurry vision, shaking hands, shivering, cold body. I'm so nervous. I think it's because I haven't had a good track record at all with therapists or psychiatrists. Not because I wasn't open or willing, but 3/4 times they were definately sub-par (which is kinda why I got into the field to begin with).

I just needed to write this down and I wanted to know if anyone else has these anxieties. I mean, you're about to open yourself up to someone and be completely vulnerable, it's scary to know that they could be complete morons....

January 29, 2001
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good luck to you! The psych should be allowed to make suggestions - not to pass judgement.

January 29, 2001
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Hey Cici, did this particular pysch come recommended by your GI?

Try not to worry, because even if this particular psych turns out to be a moron, you will be smart enough to notice that and get a different person. And, if you are true to the "track record" you mention, it's only a max of 3 you have to screen out, right?

It will be OK, and like eve says, they won't pass judgement on you. At any time you have the God-given right to say, well, thanks for the suggestion, but I don't feel right in taking that path at this time. You've still got the control, no reason to panick! 🙂

January 29, 2001
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CiCi,

It's going to be all right. Naturally, you are going to have anxiety because this is something completely uncommon to you. Just know that the people are there to help you,and have been trained to do so. Cici, I know it's hard, but just try to be strong and everything will be all right.

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January 29, 2001
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Wow, I am impressed with the GI, how very smart of him. I would assume that he has a working relationship with this guy, and some sort of trust, so give it a shot, and hey don't you have to deal with amature psych's in school, you are smart enough, you are educated and intouch with more than the average smart person, I would guess that your just afraid that you know more than he does, considering the time and all this is irrevalent, as you have been already.

January 30, 2001
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Thanks...

It was just as blah as I expected, asking the mental status questions thati have memorized for my internship, it was funny.

I think what made me so ervous was the fact that I've been to see two psychitrists and a therapist and they all sucked and it's nerve-wracking to expose your vulnerabilities to someone who may or may not give a sh*t, you know?

She was pretty touchy-feely like, we know we can help you, etc. I guess I'll give it a try. I have faith in the therapeutic process, just not in all the practitioners (ha ha).

January 31, 2001
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Not haha...that's is an intelligent insightful thing to say.

That is just how it should be...therapist (or whatever) are not Gods or infallible. They are people who felt called to a helping profession. Some are as you say sub-par while others will be great. the same thing happens in teaching, nursing business, marriage friendships etc.

Some humans are great and some are subpar.

Good luck

February 1, 2001
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CICI, There are some helpers thatare so involved in their practice that to them you are just another report on a piece of paper.They fall into two ways of trying to do their best taht they think rhat doing something TO others ,or doing something FOR othersmay actually be doing something through them for themselves. this style of helping is both wearing and ultimately lessened in effectiveness because the helper(s)has not leaned to deal his or her own feelings. The essence of helping lies in experiencing something WITH another person. and of course, it takes two to really make the process works.Hope you find what you are looking for. Good Luck

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