Our expert says:
Congratulations on recognizing that you need and deserve, help. Never be ashamed of needing help or of getting help --- be proud of being sensible enough to recognize what you need and to get it.
And on managing to squeeze into an appointment --- hope everything goes well tomorrow. I worry that many shrinks may be over-servicing their existing patients, and making it too hard for new patients to get to see them. I understand the extent of your distress. ortunately, because conditions like Depression, panic disorder, social phobia, etc., overlap greatly ( though of course they can also exist in pure forms ) --- the best treatment for them also overlaps, and can be really effective. This time, be sure you're frank with him/her and tell them about all that's worrying you, so they can make a proper and comprehensive asessment, and persist with treatment to get things worked out fine.
And as Inc suggests, why not add some self-pampering afterwards, like a massage or something similarly soothing. As for time off work, well, as this treatment works, you shouldn't be needing that extra time off work. Look forward to hearing from you tomorrow and later on.
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