Need help

by Carol
(Mesa, az)

I've been severely depressed for several weeks. My nurse practitioner says that DBT will help and will put me in remission. The only problem is that therapy is about 2 months away. The way I feel today (crying all the time, anxious, feeling helpless and a feeling as if I am going through the motions) 2 months is an unbearable length of time. Every minute of everyday is a struggle to keep going. How do I make it for 2 months?

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Carol,

Is it your Nurse Practitioner suggesting DBT? DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a cognitive behavioral therapy used to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. It is also used to treat people with Bipolar Disorder, serious depression, those that are suicidal, and/or those that are cutting, etc.

Have you been formally diagnosed by a mental health professional? If not, I suggest you get evaulated and diagnosed by someone that is a mental health expert.

If you have been diagnosed, that same professional should be able to provide interim treatment before you begin DBT.

The fact that you are referring to a nurse practitioner has me concerned. It is very unethical (and could be dangerous) to suggest a form of treatment without a qualified, thorough evaluation and diagnosis. It is in your best interest to make sure you are properly diagnosed so you can get proper treatment as soon as possible.

With light and love,

Dana

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