I’ve procrastinated going to one for about a year now. Should I put going to one as a higher priority? Has a therapist helped you any? If I do go should I take it slow about the things I go through before I open up to my hurricane of a world inside? Any advice/personal experience, I would love to hear it.
I’ve noticed a positive benefit of therapy of those who go to it…regardless of how bad it seems they “need it”. Everyone can benefit from it.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay beneficial for me after nine years in hell with numerous hospitalizations, mis-dxs, mis-txs, mis-rxs, two suicide attempts (with wake-ups in the ICU), multiple arrests for violent behavior, minor jail time, etc., ad nauseum.
Have done psychodynamic (to clarify the problems and the causes, in part via inexpensive but effective AA, CoDA and ACA/DF; you can Google them all), existential, gestalt, and the following, mostly via workbooks with professional guidance:
REBT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy
Schematherapy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_Therapy
Learned Optimism – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_optimism
Standard CBT – http://www.beckinstitute.org/what-is-cognitive-behavioral-therapy/About-CBT/252/
DBT – http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm
MBSR – http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php
ACT – https://contextualscience.org/act
MBBT – https://www.newharbinger.com/blog/introduction-mind-body-bridging-i-system
10 StEP – http://pairadocks.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-10-steps-of-emotion-processing.html
SEPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_Experiencing
SMPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensorimotor_psychotherapy
I would still qualify for my original dxs of PTSD and psychotic bipolar – and still take an anti-P med – but I don’t suffer even remotely like I used to.
I enjoy therapy, but I have a very good therapist. I used to have a horrible one who I hated seeing. So if you try it and it seems stupid, maybe you just need a new therapist. Of course, I work through problems by talking about them constantly, so talking to someone who is paid to not tell me to shut up is helpful to me. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to open up, it may be more difficult for you. Do you currently have any friends/family you can talk about literally anything with? Sometimes it’s nice to be able to share my darkest and weirdest thoughts with someone who won’t judge.
i think for a sz person it is imperative to improve your mind set…social skills…
go for it…you won’t regret it…
just make sure you get recommended to a good one…who understands your specific illness.
Having a really good therapist that understands you is a wonderful thing.
Be careful because a really bad therapist can be toxic and do a lot of damage.
Finding an experienced therapist that understands schizophrenia/schizoaffective is important, not too many of them have experience with SZ clients.
My therapist has some experience with SZ and bipolar patients, but like a lot of therapists, her understanding of SZ or SZA seems to be limited.