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Monday, December 21, 2009 PlayerMrSmth, Community Member, asks

Q: Do the doctors really care?

I have been going to group counseling for about five months. The sessions are ok but we seem to cover the same stuff all the time. For me I feel that we can go deeper, but most people in my group share the same feelings that they are prolonging topics to make money. I know that I am right because, I have insurance that covered my time for this group. I was told that I would have to, start in another group that I was not prepared to face my issues that I needed more help! When the next group starts, we began talking about the same things . infact most people just started leaving all together. It seems that mental health counselors are just in it for the money and not to help us. Why?

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Judy, Community Member
12/21/09 2:40pm

I don't believe that most mental health counselors are in it for the money, but perhaps they wait and see if people are ready to talk about deeper topics - which would require someone in the group to BRING IT UP.  I don't think you have to change groups if you can agree that you need to change direction.  Maybe you could be the one to bring this up, that you're tired of covering the same things all the time.

 

Also, about your fear of taking medication, you should by all means talk to your doctor about it.  If something horrible should happen from it, which is not real likely, you can certainly call him or talk to him and let him know.  I would try not to look for trouble and try to see it as something that could really help you feel better.

 

Good luck with both things, sounds like you are ready to do some hard work!

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Donna-1, Community Member
12/21/09 1:53pm

Yes, I believe about 90% of them care, at least from my own experience.  But let me ask you -- the sessions will probably not do any good if you DON'T get deeper and face the real issues.  I went to group therapy for an eating disorder once.  There were five of us.  One of them always talked about when she had an abortion and how that made her sad.  Another always talked about her children driving her crazy.  One mostly just came and cried.  One rarely showed.  And I was the one who kept trying to help everyone else.  The therapist was there to facilitate, but we were the ones who had the stories to tell to get to the heart of what was wrong.  And we didn't.  We floated along on the surface.

 

If you can't go deeper in the group you are in, then do the difficult task of doing to a different group.

 

Do doctors care?  My psychiatrist (who is not the same as my therapist) is willing to listen to what I say.  Like I hate the side effects of my medication.  I hate the weight gain.  Etc.  But he just kind of waves my concerns aside and says as long as I am not suicidal or psychotic to keep doing what I am doing.  Sometimes that is frustrating.  I do believe he cares but he never get into how mental illness affects my life -- my work, my relationships, and so on.  And the two go hand-in-hand.

 

Best wishes to you.

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By PlayerMrSmth, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 12/21/09