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purplepuffin Problem with therapeutic relationship
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This is my first time seeing someone, it has been a few months. We have just been discussing current issues with her giving me advice. Once or twice I heard her sigh in presumed impatience as I was explaining something. She has also been late to seve... View more

This is my first time seeing someone, it has been a few months. We have just been discussing current issues with her giving me advice. Once or twice I heard her sigh in presumed impatience as I was explaining something. She has also been late to several sessions. In a later session I asked what she was planning to do. She mentioned a therapy which sounded good to me. She also said she would do a few things between sessions. However, all sources say this therapy requires weekly sessions, but she booked me fortnightly. I don't know what to think about that. She also didn't do the things she said she would. I am feeling downhearted about working with her. What should I do? I am not sure if I should send her an email asking to be referred to someone else, or bring it up with her at our first session next year, or just do nothing and hope it gets better by itself. I don't want to start from the beginning again with a new person.

Maxiebon Free neurodivergent therapy
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Hi! I'm an autistic ADHD-haver who is struggling a lot with life at the moment. I also have anxiety and possibly depression, I'm unsure (I was diagnosed with 'reactive depression' in 2015). I have a psychiatrist who I see for mostly managing my ADHD ... View more

Hi! I'm an autistic ADHD-haver who is struggling a lot with life at the moment. I also have anxiety and possibly depression, I'm unsure (I was diagnosed with 'reactive depression' in 2015). I have a psychiatrist who I see for mostly managing my ADHD symptoms and we talk about relationship and family stuff sometimes. But I don't find much support from it, somehow. I'm struggling a lot with general life stuff. I've given up on doing TAFE, because I can't complete a course due to stress. My family is a very chaotic and unsupportive environment for my neurodivergency (I mask the most around them). I'm constantly having meltdowns due to stress, partially caused by them and partially by social struggles and relationships. I can't leave home because I don't have enough money, and I'm struggling with working. I don't believe I'm eligible for NDIS, and my psych won't put me on the DSP because he believes I'm capable of doing better and don't need the help. I'm currently on JobSeeker and in order to keep my payment from them, I need to work 15 hours or more. I did my very first job trial at a retail store a few weeks ago, and it was only 3 hours long and I left it feeling completely spaced out. I barely made it through, because I was spaced out for at least the last half hour, and I'm pretty sure I turned customers away because I wasn't aware of what I was doing or saying. I was like a zombie. If it weren't for my girlfriend who waited for me, I would have been unsafe on the way home. If I work more, I will be going home alone. I also needed a few days' recovery afterwards, I was too exhausted to do anything after it. And that was just 3 hours, let alone the 15 I need! So... This begs my reason for coming here: I'm not sure what to do. I need a therapist who will help support me through all of my stress and actually listen to me when I say I need help. I feel so alone, because everyone is telling me that I'm capable, but when I'm trying my hardest to be, I'm falling apart at the seams. I can't do what people, including my psych, think I can. But I also can't afford to pay for a therapist. So I'm not sure what I can do.

Trae neurodivergent? Yelling, noisy in my head
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Hi, I'm a single Dad from Sydney and estranged from my kidsI'm trying to find out where I get a diagnosis as I can't think straight through the noise in my head. I've had treatment for depression but I feel it's something else and my GP isn't very kn... View more

Hi, I'm a single Dad from Sydney and estranged from my kidsI'm trying to find out where I get a diagnosis as I can't think straight through the noise in my head. I've had treatment for depression but I feel it's something else and my GP isn't very knowledgeable although he means well.My symptoms are: lack of ability to concentrate due too much noise in my head despite being on anti-depressants. Noise Cancelling headphones "help" so I can relax enough to sleep 4-5 hours.I require text to be HUGE to read it. This is not because I can't see smaller fonts but because I get lost reading the same line over and over again. (I can use text to speech to get past this but it's not always possible and forms are everywhere)Difficulty remembering. When I'm reminded of a memory, it's as clear as day but without reminding everything is a jumble of images. I forget my kids, my name. How long I've been here.disconnected from my body. I feel like I'm inside m head separate from my body.Paranoia. every sound outside my house or creak inside my house triggers me to crawl into bed and if I don't remember to put on my headphones, images of violence against me and being a failure are in my head.Agoraphobia. I used to love crowds, parties and being social but now just going to my front door causes panic. Where do I turn for treatment please?p.s. I'm applying for Centrelink help with assistance

BeBenotes Nothing works
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I’ve tried about 3 different standard antidepressants, another one I can’t remember and one for quitting smoking and have felt too strange on them to continue. One kind of worked, which was prescribed to stop smoking, but when the dose was increased ... View more

I’ve tried about 3 different standard antidepressants, another one I can’t remember and one for quitting smoking and have felt too strange on them to continue. One kind of worked, which was prescribed to stop smoking, but when the dose was increased from the minimum starter dose ( because it started to not work) I had a terrible mental reaction to it. I have an appointment with my Dr next week but I really don’t hold much hope and am scared of going through the process of trying meds and making things worse and having to pull myself through it again. Not sure why I am writing this I guess I just wanted to say it out loud. Have done years of CBT and it helped a bit but yup still dealing with depression and anxiety all these years later.

Unsure of my life My partner is gaslighting me
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My partner and I arrived in Bali for a holiday about a week ago. We have had a few fights recently and this just tipped us over the edge. He had a great time in the ferry over, had quite a few drinks then when we arrived at the hotel he passed out on... View more

My partner and I arrived in Bali for a holiday about a week ago. We have had a few fights recently and this just tipped us over the edge. He had a great time in the ferry over, had quite a few drinks then when we arrived at the hotel he passed out on the bathroom floor. I went out and had fun with my friends but kept checking on him. I encouraged him to move onto the bed. He did eventually and started snooping through my phone. The next time I came in I got told to get out and that I’m a liar and a hoar. He then came out to the pool and told me to take off my engagement ring and stormed out. I continued to try and have fun as I had no idea what was up with him. I went into my room later and he had trashed it. The contents of my bag were all over the room, books torn up, horrible comments left as a screensaver on my iPad. My friends tried to talk to him and he said I had been deleting messages on my phone.So I have a very very good friend of that I’ve know for around 15 years(we dated around 15years ago also and stayed friends). He has been there for me though some dark times in my life. I love him to pieces as a friend. Well anyway for some reason there is a message at the top of my phone from his old work phone which comes with a timestamp of today( the day it is opened) and he thinks I have been deleting messages. There are another 2 messages from other people that also does it for some reason. I tried to explain this to him and he didn’t want a bar of it. He said it’s obvious anyway. My friend lives in another state and if I wanted to be with him I would. I wouldn’t have spent all my savings on a house deposit and accepted his marriage proposal if I didn’t want to be with him. He has kicked me out of home and thrown out relationship away over something that never happened. I’m heartbroken

Kittycat12 Medication changes
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Hi guys, I am new here and was wondering how any of you cope with medication changes and if you have any tips. I am not asking for medical advice but wondering what coping strategies do you guys use. Thanks guys

Hi guys, I am new here and was wondering how any of you cope with medication changes and if you have any tips. I am not asking for medical advice but wondering what coping strategies do you guys use. Thanks guys

ChrissyStar Narcissism support group online
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Hi, I'm looking for an online support group for narcissism related issues. Where/what would I put in the search bar to find this? If one doesn't exist - what about for other topics? If I can check out how it all works maybe I could start one. Because... View more

Hi, I'm looking for an online support group for narcissism related issues. Where/what would I put in the search bar to find this? If one doesn't exist - what about for other topics? If I can check out how it all works maybe I could start one. Because obviously there's a gap which needs to be filled if it's not out there already!? I had in mind something like AA...or NA...are there similar groups online for those who live remote? If not & I wish to start one...how would I go about it. Just like a social group which meets, but online...via what platform? I have tracked narcissism as the cause of my issues & of environmental issues currently destroying our planet (capitalism = narcissism). It's a really important issue both personally & culturally. Thank you for reading & replying.

Valerie_ hospitalisation
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hi, i have some questions about hospitalisation and related things as an adolescent. this is all based in tasmania.for example, if i were to go into a hospital, tell them that i have suicidal thoughts (no plan to act on them) in general and are worse... View more

hi, i have some questions about hospitalisation and related things as an adolescent. this is all based in tasmania.for example, if i were to go into a hospital, tell them that i have suicidal thoughts (no plan to act on them) in general and are worsened due to a new medication, would they do anything? would i be put in the hospital, inpatient, something else? or if i told them i'm struggling with an eating disorder, what are they going to do to help me?if anyone could tell me, that would be wonderful.

Athing Support group for doctor spouses?
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Hi everyone I am looking for something fairly specific - a support group for spouses of medical doctors who are still in training to be specialists. I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place. I know anecdotally there are people like me, but I ha... View more

Hi everyone I am looking for something fairly specific - a support group for spouses of medical doctors who are still in training to be specialists. I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place. I know anecdotally there are people like me, but I haven't been able to find anything outside of the US with a Google/Facebook search. Long story short, the career pathway of a doctor doesn't just end with graduation - they need to choose a specialty (GP is also a specialty). Regardless of the specialty chosen, you need to pass exams to get onto a training pathway for a specialty, and once on the training pathway there are further exams and assessments. These are not run of the mill exams - they are gruelling and it is borderline sadistic that the medical profession expects doctors to work overtime days AND study for these exams. There is no guarantee that by passing exams you'll get on the training pathway you want -most specialties only have a very limited number of training spots per state. So realistically, this means moving interstate or rural if you even get a spot. All up, assuming you pass exams and get onto a training program (which are a yearly sitting/intake thing), it can take close to ten years to finish specialising. For some it's a never ending battle. It's also not acceptable to not specialise in something - you can't be in no-man's land training forever. I guess, I am posting this, because as the wife of a doctor, it's really hard. It's really hard to plan a family when you don't even know where you'll be in a year. It's hard to keep moving around - I'm in a new city again and it's very lonely here starting again. It's hard because I miss home, and the plan is to move back one day, but we don't know when one day actually is. He has unfortunately failed his exams despite so much hard work, which means another year for us here in this city we don't really like. He knows I miss home, even though I try to stay upbeat and positive, so I think he felt an extra sense of pressure to pass which backfired. For people not married to doctors, it's hard to understand the culture. People say 'just take some time off!' 'he needs to prioritise family more!' it's really not that simple. Like I said, I've anecdotally had chats with other women in the same situation who understood, but I wonder if there's a formal group out there?