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why therapy matters

iStock_000014906169XSmallIdeally, it would be Henry who went to see the therapist, or  — even better — we would all go together, as a family. Henry is the type of kid who would really benefit from what is called cognitive behavior modification, a type of therapy where the doctor and patient work together to understand and change problematic behaviors. For Henry, this would mean dealing with his anxiety by learning some strategies other than refusing to get out of bed or leave the game room.

Unfortunately, Henry’s anxiety makes it impossible for him to participate in therapy. The idea of going to see a therapist terrifies him; each session is different in some way, and because he doesn’t know what’s going to happen or what the doctor is going to ask him to do, he just refuses to go. Instead, I go see the therapist, or Wade and I go, and we talk about what Henry is struggling with and how we’re handling it and where we feel like we need help. And it’s been a lifesaver for our family.

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4 comments on “why therapy matters

  1. Kate
    January 10, 2014

    I’m so glad you are writing about this. I think the more moms are honest about our struggles (be it with parenting or anything else) the less pressure we all feel to be something we’re not. And also, thank you for the laugh. That commenter epitomizes the rationale behind “never read the comments” and everything that makes me want to crawl away from social media. But your honesty here (and that I find on other like minded blogs – Momastery comes to mind) make it worth doing. So… THANK YOU.

    • Susan
      January 10, 2014

      Oh, Kate, thank YOU — I so appreciate your kind words. I really do.

  2. Thrift Store Mama
    January 10, 2014

    Good for you. I’m a big therapy fan. For people who pooh-pooh it and don’t need it and are still 100% completely emotionally healthy, that’s great. Good for them. But I’m a processor and I need to talk things through to figure them out – so rather than drive my husband, friends, or sisters crazy I go to therapy. It makes a huge difference.

    • Susan
      January 10, 2014

      I love the idea of being a “processor” — because YES! THAT. Always.

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