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Seeing a psychologist tomorrow. Anxiety.

Postby WaterSelkie » Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:36 pm

I'm seeing my first psychologist about dissociative and avoidance stuff tomorrow. I'm super nervous.

Had a glitch last week where one co-fronted with anxiety attacks because I/we encountered someone with the same first name as a problematic person that I/we used to know during a really rough time so anxiety attacks. Another came up to deal with the situation for a while. I was still there though so I don't think there was an actual switch...it got very confusing, overwhelming and disorientating ever since.

Really freaking about tomorrow, I don't know what to expect and I guess scared of being rejected and invalidated?
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Re: Seeing a psychologist tomorrow. Anxiety.

Postby TheGangsAllHere » Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:28 pm

That’s a very valid fear unless you know for a fact that this person has special knowledge and expertise in dissociative disorders.

You can still be present during an “actual switch.” That’s what co-consciousness is. There are many types of switching.

I hope all goes well for you!
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Re: Seeing a psychologist tomorrow. Anxiety.

Postby Una+ » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:09 pm

How did it go?
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Re: Seeing a psychologist tomorrow. Anxiety.

Postby WaterSelkie » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:12 pm

Really well! I'm really proud of myself of how well I did. I guess things just kept tumbling out my mouth somehow. She didn't invalidate me at all which felt really good. She suggested that I might look into autism as well. It kinda does explain some things...

She said she's going to talk to clinical lead to consider what the best treatment type would be, because we both felt it was better to take some time and figure it out rather than rush into anything.

She didn't diagnose which is fair but I ended up feeling just as disorientated and isolated. Diagnosis carries understanding and meaning to me, so that it's not a collection of symptoms anymore, it's an explanation and I feel like I need that right now because everything is so confusing. So I asked my doctor to help me find a DD psychiatrist so I can get that.
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