Hi Cynthia, I have anxiety, depression, and some OCD. I've also suffered a loss 3 years ago, and I haven't spoken to a therapist yet about it. I do talk about it with my boyfriend of 5 years, but since we argue frequently, it's hard to just talk to him. I am writing because I liked your profile and what you wrote.
Yesterday, my anxiety got so bad I couldn't sleep. I decided I need to find someone to talk to or I might head down a worse path than I'm already on. In summary, some of my issues I feel I have include defensiveness, indecisiveness, critical about myself and my partner(particularly physicalities), moodiness, and the inability to make long-term plans, goals, and logical decisions and stick to them, and regretting decisions I've made. It's a bad cycle. I don't know where I'm going in life and I'm scared I'll end up regretting everything I've done and miserable, looking at all my friends who are married with kids...unlike me. I have been taking Lexapro for over 2 years now. I am taking 5 mg, prior to that, 10 mg.
I am willing to put in time to get better, but I'm looking for the best route to getting healed effectively. And a person to talk to that doesn't drag it out just to keep a patient. I don't feel I have much time to waste. I'm almost 34 and feel like I'm still in my 20s and teens with the problems I'm still going through. And I can't stand to lose my job.
My questions for you are: What is the difference between MS, MFT; a Psychologist, a Counselor, and a Pyschiatrist (besides that they can prescribe drugs) in their approach to healing people and the route they take? I've heard about Psychotherapy. Is that something you do? What is the EMDR you wrote about? I appreciate you just having this question/answer board. I look forward to your response.