Tag Archives: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Preview of Things to Come

Our loyal readers who have followed our story know that Robin and I are working on finishing up our book, and will be self-publishing it as soon as possible.  It will tell the rest of the story of how Robin … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know What to Do!”

In August 2003, Robin’s life had completely hit rock bottom, from her perspective.  In seven months she had gone from living in her own apartment and working full-time at a job she felt good about, with co-workers who liked and … Continue reading

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“I Feel Like I’m Losing Control Again.”

The weekend before Robin was supposed to resume working full-time in June 2003, she stopped taking all of her medications. She admitted she was feeling unsure about managing the stress, and was feeling pressure from me to refrain from acting … Continue reading

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“I Want to Get My Life Back to Normal.”

  Robin had just received her second ECT treatment, and had to meet with her supervisor the following day.  She was very worried and upset about the prospect of losing her job.  “I can’t go back to living with my … Continue reading

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“Will You Detain Me if I Don’t Agree to Come In?”

I graduated from college in 1985 without a job.  After debating about my future plans, I took a job as a Mental Health Technician (MHT) at a psychiatric hospital in Michigan.  I wanted to get experience in the field to … Continue reading

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“Robin, I Think You Need a New World View”

  I made a CD of music for Robin in April 2003 partly because I was moved by the painful emotions she shared with me through her music.  It helped me relate emotionally to the depth of her pain.  I … Continue reading

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“I Had the Tylenol All Lined Up.”

  During the time Robin was experiencing the aftermath of her meltdown in 2003 I had been a psychologist for a little over ten years.  I had been working at the same agency from the time I had begun my … Continue reading

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“I’d Have to Accept a Whole New Identity.”

I had no idea how Robin would react to the news that I thought she was having a mixed bipolar episode.  I was very concerned.  If I was right about her diagnosis, this would confirm she was experiencing impaired impulse … Continue reading

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“I’m Going to Drink Until I Pass Out!”

I always knew Robin had anxiety in social situations.  She acknowledged it in our first session.  What became clear after her meltdown, however, was that she actually fit the criteria for what is known as Avoidant Personality Disorder.  People with … Continue reading

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“That’s Why I Thought You Would Ditch Me.”

I was baffled by what was happening with Robin.  I couldn’t understand why she kept feeling so awful and thinking so irrationally.  There was no clear explanation.  It did not make sense that her depression had been resistant to so … Continue reading

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