Alert! May be too much information …

I have made no secret of the fact I have experienced episodes of depression over many years. I have found lots of strategies to assist me to deal with life on a day to day basis – most recently, Stoicism and other philosophical ideas. Alongside these strategies I have been taking prescribed medication (tricyclic antidepressants) for around three decades. I noticed over the last 12 months that they were having a negative impact on my memory and mental functioning. I decided it was time to get off them!

I sought medical advice and am pleased to say that I am no longer taking the tricyclics but it was really tough coming off them – it took about 4-5 months. As part of the transition I met a doctor who is studying to be a psychiatrist. I was asked if I would be willing to take part in psychodynamic psychotherapy with him over 40 weeks (once a week). He is required to do this work as part of his studies.

This was an interesting proposition as:

  • I didn’t believe I needed therapy
  • I wasn’t too keen on Freudian ideas but was more inclined toward Positive Psychology
  • I was concerned it may unravel my relatively peaceful and happy life.

However, I agreed to go ahead and we have had 7 sessions so far. By the way, it is provided free due to it being part of his study requirements. So far it has raised some significant issues from the past but I feel I have the strength, wisdom and experience of a longish life to be able to handle it.

So, what would you do if you were in my situation? I am interested to hear what people’s thoughts are on psychotherapy today.

I promised I won’t go into the nitty gritty of the sessions as they are very personal but hopefully I can share a little about the overall experience.

19 thoughts on “Alert! May be too much information …

  1. Sounds like a great opportunity, however, it’s one of those things where timing is super important. If a person’s not ready to do it, not much will come of it I expect.

    From a fellow earthling on the other side of the planet, congrats on your success so far.

    • Thanks for your kind words. I think the timing is pretty good actually so hopefully I can make some good progress. I loved the ‘fellow earthling’ reference 😊😌

  2. When the student is ready the teacher comes along. Good in you for making some changes to benefit your well being.

  3. Congrats on getting off those meds, Rainee. That’s a huge achievement. I think the therapy is a great idea. Think of it as a chat. You may find that some of the therapy may not mean much to you at the time but might pop into your head sometime in the future when you most need it. 40 weeks is a long time! You’ll be thoroughly sick of yourself by the time it is over. ☺️

  4. Psychotherapy is utterly brilliant – or maybe it depends on the therapist-client alliance, much as a hairdresser or childminder? i.e: one size *doesn’t* fit all. But if you’re both a good fit it will change your life forever, in a good way. It’s not always easy though.

    • Thanks for your reflections. I feel very grateful to take part in this therapy and I have a good feeling about the outcome! Sorry I am slow to respond to your comment!

  5. I too am coming off antidepressants and I find it a mixed experience, I would relish the chance to do what your doing, could improve things on so many levels. Best of luck with it I hope it helps you thrive now and in the future:)

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