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My Experience Seeing a Psychologist


I always see people tweeting and posting about mental issues and I think it's great.Mental health is being taken more seriously each day. Some people think that it's just a cry for attention when you share what you are going through, but I don't agree. Having people share their stories and what they are going through really does help other people. It helps them reach out for help and it helps them realize that they are not alone.
My issues with social situations and anxiety have been something that I have shared in older posts, but it's not something I really talk about in general. Personally I don't enjoy talking about the subject, I try to forget about it and overcome it. The only person I pester when I'm feeling a bit crap or anxious is Issy. She deals with my crap better than I do and that helps.
Anyway, I thought I'd write this because it's not something I've shared with you guys and I know that it would help a lot of people to read it.
About two years ago now, I was recommended by a friend to go see a psychologist to help me. At this time in my life, I did everything I could to avoid going out or seeing other people. I worked as an Aupair so I didn't have to go to work and face people, I could stay at home and I only had to work with the family so it was really easy for me to stay in. But it gets to a point where you don't want to be stuck inside all the time, you want to be able to go out and talk to people. So I decided to take my friends advice and start seeing a psychologist. It was difficult, I'm not going to lie... My first session was pretty simple, she asked be about myself and what I believe my problem is but it was difficult because I'd never spoken to anyone about it before. The first few sessions consisted of filling out questionnaires and sheets to keep track of  my anxiety, she also asked me a lot of questions and tried to dig and find out more about me. I got more comfortable with her as the sessions went on and felt more comfortable telling her things. It was like meeting up with a friend every weekend and just rambling on, it really helped.Unfortunately I had to stop going when we were just about to start doing different types of exercises to help me over come my fear of meeting people, but the time I did spend with her really helped. This was a good push for me, it helped me realize that I was the only one holding me back and that the only way to over come my fear was to face it. Now I'm not saying that I am now super sociable and love meeting new people, not at all. I'm just a bit more comfortable doing it and I make myself do it, I will always over analyze the situation and be scared at the thought of it but I do my best.
I always kept it quiet that I was seeing a psychologist, there's still a lot of people close to me now that don't know about it. I guess I felt that if they knew about it they might think there's something wrong with me and I didn't want that and that's why I've shared this post, so if you feel like you need to talk to someone you know that it's okay to do so.
Here are my other posts that I have done on similar subjects if you want to check them out,
My Anxiety.
Self Conscious Old Me.



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6 comments

  1. I'm glad you opened up about this as I know it can be very personal and hard to talk about. I'm also glad you received help. :)

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  2. So glad it helped you out. Thanks for sharing your story. The more people who open up the better for everyone, very brave of you!

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    1. Thanks, I agree! It helps a lot to know that there are more people in the same position as you :) x

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  3. This is absolutely amazing! I am so glad that time with a psychologist helped you. I am hoping that one day I'll be a clinical psychologist, I hope one day someone will write a post like this and I will be the psychologist, I really want to make a positive difference in people's lives. This has give me hope and the spur to fulfill my ambitions. It isn't easy going to see a psychologist so good on you, I'm so glad you could open up. I hope this post will help other people too :) <3

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    1. aww thank you! That sounds great, I hope you achieve it :) x

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