Good afternoon. I'm online and would be happy to do my best to try and help you. Let me know when you're back in the room
Hello. Thank you for joining me in the room. Would you mind very much if I asked a couple questions to gain a better understanding of what is occurring?
You mentioned having been in therapy before...are you still in therapy and on medications presently?
May I ask what you covered while you were in therapy?
did you actively engage in the exercises for Cognitive Therapy?
That could be one concern there as that's a significant part of the treatment.
Did your therapist "push you" to do the homework?
ok. It honestly sounds that you need to see a therapist who pushes you to really engage...I would suggest that you consider looking for a new therapist that is more experienced in CBT
Mind if I ask a few more questions?
Thank you. Do you experience what are considered to be "intrusive thoughts" that just pop into your head out of nowhere?
ok. How about reliving the experience...such as the breakup over and over in your mind....almost like a movie reel
Do you have a psychiatrist?
I wouldn't say that. Has anyone mentioned PTSD to you?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
it's a cluster of symptoms that result from a traumatic event
It sounds as though the break up left you traumatized
Ok. I have a much better idea of what is going on now. I'm pretty sure that you have PTSD and I'd like to offer a few suggestions if I may
First and foremost speak to your psychiatrist about considering changing your medication to Paxil as that's FDA approved for PTSD and will help with the ruminating thoughts and the secondary depressive symptoms.
Second is to start looking for a therapist that is a trauma specialist as not everyone can treat this type of condition and needs to be a specialist...I say that because I've gone through extensive training and am a trauma specialist myself
Third I would like to suggest a workbook that concentrated specifically on PTSD and has exercises that you can do in order to get started on working toward your recovery. May I give you a link to the workbook?
You can get a referral from your insurance company or you can do a Google search for "Trauma therapists" in your area.
Here's the link http://www.amazon.com/PTSD-Workbook-Effective-Techniques-Overcoming/dp/1572242825/ref=pd_sim_b_1
Has this been helpful in answering your question?
I can appreciate that. But try to take comfort in recognizing that your now guided in a more appropriate direction
Is there anything else I can help answer for you?
You're quite welcome. You can end the chat by clicking ACCEPT button if you're satisfied with the answer. Please get the workbook as I really believe it will help you. I wish you the very best
you're very welcome
you can click accept if there is nothing further. Good luck to you :)