Hi belle, thank you for the nice comment you said to me re my optimism
How are you today? Any plans?.
I'm Scottish but know what you mean re the French accent..for example the say 'I will sink about eet' for 'I will think about it' lol To the Frenchies it is I who has the accent and they often don't understand my French lol
I really think there is a lot to be said for reading, reading is like therapy to me. I have a lot of questions re what holds me back...the kind of things you'd discuss with a therapist. I've taken it upon myself for years now to find the answers. For example...one subject (two actually)...rejection and abandonment...there is a lot of interesting reads out there that have really helped me to get to grips with this and understand it better therefore understanding myself more. Knowledge is power.
Start with your diagnosis....read as much as you can (I'm sure you have already)
Then break down each of your symptoms and read all the possible causes
Read about triggers and how to identify them
Read about relapsing
Read about compassion
Read about the power of our thoughts and positive thinking
Read other peoples stories
Read about medication (I don't take any and won't again) (maybe sleeping pills)
Read about having control over your life
Read about change
Read about the growth of the personality
Read about how parents influence us
Reading about breaking habits
Read about emotional blockages
Read about patterns you see in your life
Read about the benefits of exercise
Read all the theories behind mental health troubles and why they continue...
I can go on and on... There is so much we can do for ourselves. From reading I can also identify a lot of things which are NOT true for me. Write down all your questions...that will help you to know what to read and if you have a problem concentrating read something about 'why can't I concentrate!'.
Now when I see my therapist I cut to the chase. Obviously because her English is limited as is my French I have to be direct and can't give the detail I would normally give but it does not hinder our appt.
You don't need anyone to help you understand yourself, you can do that by yourself but for some of the more important questions you have it's good to see things from other perspectives and feedback...and in general the emotional support a therapist can offer.