I’ve never been able to maintain a therapeutic relationship before and I’m hoping to get it right this time Hoping that peer support can be a piece of that puzzle!
My name is Lindsay, I’m from New York, and the diagnosis is ADHD-PI with co-morbid anxiety and Atypical Depression (or depression w/the ability to have your mood improved by positive events. Not actually at all uncommon)
Especially when you factor in my background as a bright kid, this combination can make for some invalidating therapeutic experiences!!
Think, “your schoolwork is too good when you actually do it, you’re just not trying hard enough.” Or, “If you could manage to stop freaking out about everything, you’d be able to function normally.” Or “You seem like you have a positive attitude and a good ability to see the humor in things. I’m not worried about your ability to manage your depression on your own.”
Meanwhile, I’m over here at 24 with a college degree living on my brother’s coach unemployed since May and barely ever leaving the apartment like
Ok yeah so some things are good but I could still clearly use some help, here. Lol
In light of my past experiences, I’ve got a TON of anxiety starting this process again!! So I’m putting this here as kind of a good-luck charm. Any positive wishes for this latest therapy adventure being the One That Works are deeply appreciated Even if you don’t post 'em.
Thanks for reading