Here’s something new: I’m trying counseling

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I didn’t know what image to use with this topic, so….here ya go.

I haven’t felt normal for quite a while now.  In fact, a few weeks ago I wrote a post about how very not normal I’ve been feeling.  But it was just too, too much to publish.  Be glad that, for once, better judgment took over.  I showed the post to my husband and he said, “I love you.  Maybe you should see a counselor.”  Then I sent it to someone I trust who is a counselor and she said, “I love you.  You should see a counselor.  And maybe try antidepressants.”  So.  I’m going to see a counselor.  I have an appointment next week.

I’m nervous about that, mostly because – while I can be incredibly, yea even inappropriately self revealing in print – face to face communication is harder for me.  I do not want to spend (mumble mumble) dollars to pass an hour saying, “Yes, I’m okay.  Basically.  Just a little off.  But, you know, I’ll be okay.  So can we talk about something else now?”  But I can totally see myself doing that.  I hope that the counselor has some sort of training, some wizardry or witchcraft that will make talking easier.  That’s what they learn in school, right?

Mmmm, that’s really all I have to say at the moment.  I just figure, maybe there’s someone else out there who is feeling not normal these days & I want to say, “Hey!  Me, too! High five!”  Okay, maybe not a high five, but perhaps a virtual hug?  If you’re thinking you should see a counselor, why not give it a shot?  We can be long distance counseling buddies.  Unless it’s terrible and I quit after one session.  But I’m doing my very best to go into this with an open mind.  I promise.

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About Sharon Autenrieth

Wife, mom to 5, homeschooler, Christian Education Director, idealist, malcontent, follower of Jesus.
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13 Responses to Here’s something new: I’m trying counseling

  1. Jen Anderson says:

    Yay. Good for you. Any counselor worth their degree will get you talking, so no worries there. I went into this week’s therapy session not knowing what to talk about, but found out I had plenty to discuss.

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  2. Sending a high five AND a virtual hug, Sharon! May the Holy Spirit be generous and gracious with her wisdom in your counseling sessions. Here’s to healing and the return of ‘normal’. 🙂

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  3. “Hey! Me, too! High five!” 🙂

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  4. Tina Horth says:

    I think everyone needs a neutral trained professional to emotionally vomit on 🙂 xoxoxo Good for you and I hope it is helping! I went for over a year and just recently stopped taking antidepressents and it saved me from a complete breakdown… High five 🙂 xoxoxoxo

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  6. jubilare says:

    Maybe I’ll find out (or maybe not) how things are going as I catch up on your posts, but I hope they are going well! Around a third of the adults I grew up around are counselors and therapists, and they have told me something very true. The mind, like the body, needs its checkups and treatments.
    Depression and other chemical imbalances (if that is what is going on) are no joke. There is a hereditary form of depression in my family that killed one of my grandmothers and haunts the rest of us to varying degrees. Knowing what it is, though it doesn’t make it go away, helps me to deal with it, and being open and honest about it has helped others. What you may be dealing with may be very different from what I’ve faced, but it’s all part and parcel of the same shiz. You are most definitely not alone.

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    • Thank you so much. 🙂 Maybe more than anything, I appreciate my friend who have been willing to admit that they’ve battled (or still battle) depression and/or anxiety. The more people talk about it, the less shameful it seems – which is why I decided to talk about it. And yes, if you keep reading you’ll get to a not SUPER cheery update. It’s a bit of a roller coaster even now, but I’ve got my belt fastened and I’m hanging on.

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      • jubilare says:

        Internet hugs! Though your road be long or short, rocky or sandy, you will be ok. I’m glad you decided to take a deep breath and share. Every person who is willing to speak about their experiences with these things helps everyone else who wonders if something is shamefully wrong with them.
        It seems you have a great network of people who love you and are willing to share and to listen. If you ever need another, though, e-mail me. I’ll send you music. 🙂

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      • Did you know that today is “Hug an Author” day? I’m modifying it to “Hug a Blogger” so I can get in on it, and in that spirit I both receive and return your hug. 🙂

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      • jubilare says:

        😄 Well, I’m an author and a blogger, so there you go!
        Signing off now, but I shall be back to catch up on your magnificent ramblings.

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