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20 Feb 2004

Should I see a psychologist?
Hi Doc,

Towards the end of last year, I think I had a breakdown of some sort - I was crying every day, I even went as far as sitting in my bathroom wanting to slit my wrists. My friend told me I should go and see a shrink 'cause of my self destructive behavior, and I promised her I would. Instead I started drinking St John's Wort tablets, and I didn't feel as down. After being single for a very long time, I met this guy, and suddenly I found myself in a rather serious relationship. I'm starting to realise that I'm not ready for such a serious committment, and it's really bothering me, because he's such a great person - he treats me like gold - something I've never experienced! Yet I don't feel anything for him. Actually, only irritation. And I feel terrible about it, because he really doesn't deserve my irritation. So I think perhaps I should go and see someone - my friend said she has a number of a shrink for me. I'd like to know though, what happens in counselling sessions? I mean, how do you start? And also, how much do sessions cost approximately? I saw a similar posting a while back, but I can't seem to find it!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear How To,
It is very, very rarely a bad idea to see a counsellor --- in other words, it is almost always a good idea. Costs vary, and this is something to ask about when preparing to make an appointment. As to how to start, well that's his/her job. You meet in a safe and confidential setting, and talk through the maters that are troubling you. The fact that you responded partly to St John's Wort ( which actually works very much like Prozac only weaker ) suggests that if it emerges in counselling that Depression is a significant part of your problems, it might be worth considering asking your GP to prescribe a generic antidepressant like a stronger version of the Wort, like generic ( equivalent but cheaper ) Fluoxetine ( the prozac equivalent ) or Cilift ( the generic form of Cipramil ).
In counseling sessions, you basically can set the agenda, thouh the counsellor may have suggestions as to how to best use your time. Pleased to hear that you've now made the step, and I'm sure things will work out well.
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