Originally Posted by Jimena
I have been thinking about counseling. I just don't think we can afford it right now.
I don't know where you live but I would suggest talking to your GP. Last year a GP referred me to a series of counselling sessions where I could choose a counsellour/psychiatrist/psychologist and claim back the government rate for counselling. It was my choice to see someone who cost more than the government rate, but at least I got some of the money back.
I went back to the doctor recently and talked about the same thing, it happened to be a different GP, and they advised they had on-site counsellours (so I could get my government rebate instantly) which would be cheaper. The doctor also asked to see me again in 2 weeks, so whilst I have to wait a few weeks to get into the counsellour, at least I have started to ask for help.
Funny, walking away from the GP I felt like "I wasn't that bad" and was "wasting my/their time" "whinging". The only thing which makes me continue to ask for help is because I know that when I isolate myself and feel really low, it's not healthy. Two days before I went to the doctor's to get an appointment and they were booked out. I walked all the way home in tears. WTF? The other times (of day or week) when I feel functioning, social, (at least at work), make me feel like there are ppl far worse off than me and I should focus on aaaall the goooood in the world and my life, and not wallow.
Finally, I am glad I went back to the GP for an appointment...walking home in tears "for no good reason" is really not healthy! (It happened 3 times this week already).
Frickin HATE mental issues!!! ;-)
Hope you talk to someone soon (and not just on the boards).