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September 20th, 2011, 06:53 PM
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Ok, so my therapist, who does not have the medical degree to dispense medication...now I AM on trazodone - but only 100 mg for my insomnia (this is from my sleep doctor) - which I love because it knocks me OUT! Trazodone is supposed to be a drug that can help anxiety - but I'm just not on a high enough dose of the Traz.

In my last therapy session, she suggested I see a Psychiatrist for my OCD/anxiety to see if there's any medication that could help...

Thing is that I am afraid of - we are still TTC our first. We've been TTC now for 18 months...and we have a long road ahead of us because of male infertility issues...(we've been told our only option is IVF which we can't afford...)

I'm not sure I have anything against medication that can help...it's just more I'm scared of becoming pregnant while on a medication...

anyone have any words of encouragement? I think I'd really like to SEE an actual psychiatrist - because, as my husband pointed out...while I like my therapist, I have been seeing her now for a little over a year - but has she really HELPED me?...

I dunno...
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September 20th, 2011, 07:25 PM
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Why would you have to leave your therapist if you have a psychiatrist? As far as my knowledge both working together is the best. My Psy. appointments are around 20 min. My psy is there for Diagnosing, drug info., mood monitoring, weight monitoring, and med monitoring. My therapist is there to help me think about other ways to think about daily life situations, and problems. You don't even have to take medication, but get info., ask questions, and tell them you want to become pregnant. I honestly would look into a new therapist also if she's not helping. The stress and anxiety may be more harmful to the baby then medication.

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September 20th, 2011, 08:16 PM
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it's not that my therapist isn't necessarily helping...I think she is, and I really do like her - I just think my anxiety and OCD / obsessive thoughts go into over drive, no matter the amount of exercises I do, that we work on, in our sessions. So I do take it back, she IS helping - as I really do like going to her every month as she's great at letting me get everything out that I need to get out...I just think my anxiety going into overdrive - like she said, may need more "help"...as far as medication is concerned...and I'll be completely honest - medication scares me. which is funny, because I work for a Pharmaceutical research company, so I KNOW that medication can be a great thing...

My fears are - as I'm sure most people would have - being afraid of becoming dependent on any type of medication.

And that's cool to know...I will def. have to talk to my therapist about how that would work, because I really wouldn't want to stop seeing her and just full-on start talking to someone else...
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September 21st, 2011, 10:06 AM
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I can understand your hesitation. I've felt the way I feel for as long as I can remember, and I only just started medication last year. It was a hard decision, but it's helped me a lot. As for seeing both, I have to agree with Miguels Mommy. You don't have to take anything, just get the information so you can make a decision. Medication is just one tool. It's not a fix it, so hopefully with the help of your therapist, and maybe a psychiatrist as well, you can eventually get to the point where you could wean off of it, if you chose to try something.
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September 21st, 2011, 03:34 PM
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I agree with others...

See both, they are their to work as a team to help you. Being on meds doesn't mean you have to be there forever. Also tell them you want to get pregnant so they can be aware of that and monitor you.

Good luck!
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