Our expert says:
J, it's hard to tell. Sometimes people seem to take longer to open up and start making those new discoveries, during a hospitalisation, so these occur shortly before planned discharge, and then unless their shrink is wise ( and not all are !) and plans for close outpatient followup afterwards, there they are, still bioling with uncomfortable new discoveries, and without the accesability of the shrink to help them finish working through these issues.
And if, as it sounds, you were abusing the alcohol right through that phase, it wouldn't have helped you at all, and worsened the depression, as you say. Depending on what it is one discovers, some are "Aha !" and easy to assimilate and use ; others require much mulling over, sometimes uncomfortably, before one can finish understanding such issues, and can then file them away correctly.
Congratulations to you both on how well you have managed to pick yourself up, wioth your hubby's help
And Bull's theory is an excellent one. I always find it's wise, even when I can see early on exactly what someone in therapy needs to do, to help them discover that and draw the right onclusions themselves, if this is at all possible, as they're far more likely to follow what feels like their own iscovery, than one that feels as if it's been mine !
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