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    Re: Not enough of a reason for feeling the way I do

    RE: "Damned if I do, damned if I don't." (similar to my pet phrase "can't win for losing")

    Therapy has been quite triggering for me in the past, as well as having obsessive thoughts about the therapy itself. But it does help in the long term.

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    Re: Not enough of a reason for feeling the way I do

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    Whether or not you meet the criteria for OCD, you might find some of the threads in the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder :: OCD section helpful or enlightening.
    Indeed, the OCD expert Jeffrey Schwartz wrote a self-help book that applies to most people (after he wrote Brain Lock):

    You Are Not Your Brain - Amazon.com

    A leading neuroplasticity researcher and the coauthor of the groundbreaking books Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain, Jeffrey M. Schwartz has spent his career studying the structure and neuronal firing patterns of the human brain. He pioneered the first mindfulness-based treatment program for people suffering from OCD, teaching patients how to achieve long-term relief from their compulsions.

    For the past six years, Schwartz has worked with psychiatrist Rebecca Gladding to refine a program that successfully explains how the brain works and why we often feel besieged by bad brain wiring. Just like with the compulsions of OCD patients, they discovered that bad habits, social anxieties, self-deprecating thoughts, and compulsive overindulgence are all rooted in overactive brain circuits. The key to making life changes that you want--to make your brain work for you--is to consciously choose to "starve" these circuits of focused attention, thereby decreasing their influence and strength.

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    Re: Not enough of a reason for feeling the way I do

    Thanks David and Daniel.
    I have a reason behind why it isn't false but that's probably not useful to get into here. I'm not going to cancel but I'll need to basically start from scratch deciding what to talk about in the session. Maybe just leave it til the day.

    I wouldn't categorise my stuff as being particularly OCD-like based on my limited knowledge, but I'll take a look in the subforum.

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    Re: Not enough of a reason for feeling the way I do

    , but I'll take a look in the subforum.
    Be sure to pay close attention to Canadian Adjustment Disorder (CAD), an epidemic among non-Canadians who have spent any significant time on Canadian forums

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    Re: Not enough of a reason for feeling the way I do

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    Be sure to pay close attention to Canadian Adjustment Disorder (CAD), an epidemic among non-Canadians who have spent any significant time on Canadian forums
    That would explain my attempts to make poutune with sub par ingredients.

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    Re: Not enough of a reason for feeling the way I do

    I've got my session this afternoon. I've probably been through all the options of how this session might play out, from saying nothing useful and my therapist just talking the whole time, to talking about something completely different, to trying to talk about the stuff and the various ways that might happen.
    Kind of feeling like a crazy person

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    Re: Not enough of a reason for feeling the way I do

    The session ended up going quite well after all that.
    I found an option of talking about the weak/pathetic/loser thoughts without getting emotional about it - skimming the top rather than taking a drink from the 'cursed font of unacceptable feelings'. And then also talked about some other stuff. Didn't try to go into any of the convoluted reason stuff which is OK for now although it's still going to be on my mind.
    He's given me some ideas for challenging the weak/pathetic/loser thoughts, including a way I might be able to dodge them when it's time to book the next session.
    He'll be away for a few weeks now, so hopefully I can avoid re-tangling myself for a little while at least.

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    Re: Not enough of a reason for feeling the way I do

    Gooblax,I do not think anyone is "weak pathetic loser" including you. I understand skirting the surface with your therapist. I do it more times than I care to admit. And, just because it'#s hard to talk about does not mean that it is not important. As people, we are complicated. I'm not going to tell you to take a chance if you are not ready. Writing down your thoughts is good. It gives you a point of reference when you are ready to talk.
    Jesse

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    Re: Not enough of a reason for feeling the way I do

    Thanks Jesse. I'm sure I'll get to it in time. Yesterday was a long way from 10yrs ago when I'd sit there with him just saying things from a list of "um, I dunno, not really, I guess" and barely anything else. I'd be interested in seeing what an in-person session would be like now (I'm doing these ones over video due to location) but at the moment it's helpful that I'm hidden from the shoulders down so I don't have to think about what it looks like when my legs/arms sometimes start shaking.

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