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Offline BubbaPat

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Doctor visits, medications and combinations there of...
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:06:44 am »
Howdy!
I was wondering what peopleís thoughts are on how often one should see a therapist as well as what medications have helped.
I had a friend tell me he doesnít see a therapist, he simply gets a prescription.  Iím not him so I canít say thatís not enough but I know for me... I feel like there might be a need for more than Lexapro added to my diet.  Or maybe..it is enough.
Thoughts?
Also..if you know doctors in DFW...suggestions?

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BubbaPat
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Offline MarkintheDark

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Re: Doctor visits, medications and combinations there of...
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2018, 06:01:37 am »
Backatcha BubbaPat!

As you said, you're not him.  What works for him is, well, his journey.  If you feel your treatment is coming up short, then it's coming up short.

I'd suggest you ask your doc for a referral to a therapist.  Alternatively, you may be able to Google therapists in your area who have experience with HIV or other issues with which you may be dealing.  In my experience, they're the ones who can help determine if you'd benefit from the help of a psychiatrist who can prescribe and monitor.

I've had mixed successes in my history with both therapists and meds.  But that's me.  I've used Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, all SSRIs like Lexapro.

When people ask about therapists, I emphasize you don't have to settle on the first one.  Listen to your gut.  If you're uncomfortable, feel like you're being invalidated or intimidated or even ignored, imo, move on.  This is one of the better articles on how to choose: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/freudian-sip/201102/how-find-the-best-therapist-you (One of the author's assertions I dispute concerns using interns, a 2-4-1 deal, if you will.  You get the intern plus their supervisor.  In my experience, interns can easily find themselves in over their heads and try to fake it to save face).

I think you're on the right track.


Mark
« Last Edit: July 20, 2018, 06:11:38 am by MarkintheDark »
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