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I had my first mental health appt yesterday with the counselor that

Posted by @hobbywriters, Sep 14, 2012

I had my first mental health appt yesterday with the counselor that the call center set me up with when I first called in about 6 wks ago. My family is concerned that the counselor took it in the wrong direction, choosing to focus on my childhood trauma from 1983 and 1985 and setting up a future of many sessions of “talk therapy” to reign it all in since I was so distraught. The appointment was set up to deal with the voices, visions, and confusion. I took her a picture of the van that is monitoring my house and she said that I have a lot on my plate with my daughter’s cancer and that I should start calling the police because who knows what type of listening devices that man could have in that van. My husband seems frustrated that I didn’t get my worst symptoms across but I did! I gave her a six page timeline. My husband doesn’t think that I’m in immediate danger of harming myself or someone else but he worries that I come across too functional and nobody sees the true me in mental agony. He is trying to figure out how to get to a higher level therapist or better yet a psychiatrist like I used to see at this same clinic I was at yesterday. The call center said the policy is to see a counselor then they refer me if they sense danger. My husband feels that he should have canceled his appts yesterday and taken me to the counselor. I sent the six pages and photos to my adviser at the UofMN; but he hasn’t gotten back to me yet. My husband worries about my research and thinks that the system is broken if it can’t distinguish what is happening to me. My husband used to be a chemical dependency counselor over a decade ago but left do to the dysfunctional system where he was just used as a babysitter by the courts. I’m lost…


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