After many years of struggling with my Asperger's and my schizo-affective disorder with medications alone, I finally decided that seeing a RN for five minutes once every three months was not enough to deal with my constantly misreading social cues, nor was it enough to deal with how easily I slip into feelings of hopeless despair and pathetic self-pity.
I finally decided to start seeing a licensed therapist once a week. I started it yesterday, and I have great hopes that it will help me work through my issues. All of the therapists I have seen in the last decade just wanted to coddle me - I need somebody who can politely call me out on my bullshit, and I believe this guy is more than capable of doing that.
Has anybody else dealt with incompetent therapists before? Sometimes they are mean, but the ones who just want to be friendly can be just as harmful as the ones who are mean, because they really do not know what they are doing for the most part. Then again, everybody I've seen in the last decade with the exception of the new guy were not licensed therapists, but mere counselors, so maybe that makes the difference.
The doctors I saw when I was a young child were licensed, but incompetent. They had no idea why my behavior was so irrational, but they wanted to label me. They diagnosed me with "Pervasive Developmental Disorder". Really. A diagnosis like that can mean anything.
So, this is my latest decision. Some people have questioned it - it seems like mental health services have a bad reputation with some people due to the large number of incompetent people working in that field. But I have confidence that it is going to work this time.
The discussion here is - therapy. Has it worked for anybody here?