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Antipsychiatry Thread Anonymous 10029

This is a thread for all your bad experiences with therapists, psychiatrists, school counselors, etc.

My experience was being forced by my (former) psychiatrist and my parents to take Paxil for several years, which upset my school performance, my weight (I gained 30 pounds on Paxil), and my mental health.

Anonymous 10030

Therapy does seem to work for some people but I'm not a fan personally. I also dislike that it seems to be the go to answer for problems these days, instead of working it out yourself.

I saw two therapists and then a specialist about an issue, after being told to by a doctor. The first gave terrible advice, the second barely said anything the whole session, and the third made me feel worse and didn't listen to what I told them. I've never seen anyone therapy related since then and would probably not the future either.

I only found out recently that a lot of therapists don't have qualifications, or only have a few days of informal training at best which might explain things.

I also dated two people who were seeing therapists and it always felt like there was a third person in the relationship encouraging them to do things that seemed out of character, instead of weighing things up themselves or getting suggestions from friends who knew them well. I didn't like the idea of a complete stranger that I had never met been told intimate details of my private life. At times it seemed like they would go to their therapist to talk about their feelings instead of discussing them with me, their partner.

I would never date anyone in therapy again and a partner seeing a therapist would likely be a deal breaker for me, unless it was for something specific like a phobia.

Anonymous 10038

Therapy and psychologists are usually complete trash lol. (Not talking about relationship therapists. Mediation can be genuinely helpful because poor communication is a relationship killer. I'm talking about ones for personal issues.) I do understand that they can be useful for people with actual behavioral issues, discipline problems and for people who aren't especially in tune with themselves, but for the person who knows their issues, dealt with chronic depression and physical reactions you can't literally control, it's annoying. They push "accountability" dogma for victims, and people who have literally no control over the issues they're trying to vent about, as well. It's actually harmful and basically every interaction I've had with a psychologist has been more harmful than useful, as they don't listen and they believe themselves to be masters of the universe. They're a huge cash drain for no benefit, and I think most of them you'll come across, especially if you're a child of abuse and persistent, on-going trauma in particular, will not understand or hear you. The majority of these people have absolutely no clue what the hell they're doing with their lives and have no clue what field to go into.

It's also obnoxious that people in the field will praise therapy and psychology and talk shit about meds like meds are for those that lack discipline or something, when in reality they're both largely ineffective for some people, if not a fair percentage of them. Therapy is not the solution to everything, and a lot of the typical meds don't work. So fucking say that, stop putting it on the patient and acting like it must be their fault your shit is ineffective. We know the typical meds don't work for many people, and we know therapy does not work for people who are intimately aware of their issues. Their solutions are not extremely effective and they need to admit that, not blame the patient at every turn. This is a field wide failure and it should be admitted.

Anonymous 10040

>They push "accountability" dogma for victims, and people who have literally no control over the issues they're trying to vent about, as well. It's actually harmful and basically every interaction I've had with a psychologist has been more harmful than useful, as they don't listen and they believe themselves to be masters of the universe.
This so much. My issue was to do with physical pain and the specialist kept coming up with bizarro theories about what was causing it and criticising normal things I had done in the past. None of any of the therapists I saw gave me any sort of advice or even just sympathy. The specialist then complained that I wasn't opening up enough. Wonder why!

>The majority of these people have absolutely no clue what the hell they're doing with their lives and have no clue what field to go into.

Another excellent point. I forgot to say in my post upthread but one of the guys I dated that was in therapy was because he was training to be a psychiatrist himself. He was probably the worst possible person to give any sort of advice in life. Very immature, easily swayed, and pushed me to do things I wasn't comfortable with. Perfect example of this is that as medstudent he once pointed and laughed at a transwoman in the street who was just minding their own business. Now his Twitter account is very "transwomen are women" and I guess he just ignores the XX/XY medical difference. He also told me that he would repeat things I told him to make himself sound smarter in sessions (I have no therapy experience, it was just quotes I had picked out of books).

Anonymous 10074

I went to a therapist who diagnosed me with schizophrenia because I avoided big crowds. I'm just shy. I also insisted I didn't want any pills and then found out she was the type to put all her patients on them. Thank God my mom wasn't retarded and told her to fuck off.

Anonymous 10181

I spent 6 years seeing therapists and psychiatrists and they literally did nothing for me. Instead, they put me on ineffective meds or had me rehash my trauma over and over again. The only mental health professional who actually helped me was a counselor that bothered to teach me exercises for controlling my emotions and to literally explain how to handle social interactions (I'm an autist, not that any of my prior therapists had noticed)

You're right about meds, most metastudies of antidepressants show that they don't work much better than a placebo, despite the insane side effects.

Anonymous 10185

i believe in therepy and whatnot,as long as you have a good therepist who isnt lazy and who doesnt patronize you and ignore you.
but let me fucking say that putting kids on antidepressants is plain WRONG.
as a kid, when i was a month away from turning 13, i had a violent outburst after about a year of depression. i was depressed because my home life sucked, like would get into fist fights with mom and my dad would beat the crap out of me if i didnt behave (pulling me down stairs by my hair, punching) and i had just been forced to break up with my first bf. i used to slice up my body with a razor too.
my mom and dad constantly fought, considered getting a divorce after she cheated on him. they alchoholics and both were on meds for depression.my mom was diagnosed with bipolar depression.
anyhow, after my violent outburst i was sent to a school for 6 weeks where we basically did therepy all day and learned to cope. i lived with my grandma during this. peopke there were wonderful, i look back on it fondly. anyhow while i was there i was also told i needed to go on an antidepressant. i was told it would help me feel better and whatnot. no such thing happened.
i was on xoloft for like a year. i kept getting in trouble at school, i gained a shit ton of weight, and would act like a fucking mentally ill whore all the time. then i was put on prozac, which also did nothing. my grades in middle school were horrible, i continued to gain weight. at my fattest i was 175 lbs and 5 feet 7 inches.
i was doing therepy theough all this, and id say that helped the most. it helped solve the issues in my family.after doing 2 years of therepy i was less of a psycho but still really fucked in the head. like i woukd constantly draw gore, eat junk food, and write edgy crap.
then when i was 14 and a half i said "fuck it" and stopped taking my meds. once i got off my meds it was like my problems dissolved. my grades got better, earning all As and the occasional B. i stopped drawing edgy crap and lost 20 pounds.

anyways, my point is that people are wrongfully placed on meds that fuck with their brains and a far healthier alternative is to adress the environmental issue. drugging angsty teens is not ok. people build a dependency on that shit and it can permanently alter brain chemistry.

Anonymous 10186

tbh i agree with this. when i was in therepy, it was mostly family therepy to help mediate family issues, but whenever i did a one on one session she would ask critical and pointed questions while treating me like i had aspbergers or something.

i actually recall her making me fill out a work book. at the end of the work book i was supposed to draw my favorite part of therepy. i drew a picture of a stick figure walking out the door saying "bye".

Anonymous 10189

my therapy pretty much does nothing for me long-term. i've been with him for years so he pretty much knows all about me/my life but he's recently admitted during a session that he literally doesn't know how to help me. like, am i supposed to tell you how to do my therapy? wtf? i don't fucking know either. we pretty much never do skills or anything, i just kind of talk about my day then i go home.

recently had a friend who was raving about his therapist and how he'd totally fixed all his problems and he's actively becoming a better person because of him. i was so excited and emailed the guy and he said he could make an opening for me. basically we emailed for a month or so until i found out he's not on any insurance boards and costs $200 dollars per session. fucking bullshit

Anonymous 10192


I think you should trying asking for more skills if that's what you're interested in! Therapists are trained professionals but they also aren't psychic and we gotta tell them what's up. Hopefully since you've seen him for awhile you trust him enough to be honest with him.

Anonymous 10193

I went to one because I wanted to find out if I have depression or some other kind of mood disorder. She said that there is no test for that and asked me if I wanted to have antidepressants. o_O I can't decide that on my own! Also every other time I've talked to someone their attitude has been bad like they just want me to go away. I've given up for now but at least I'm healthy enough that I can go about my days.

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