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Do I have to keep seeing my therapist?


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I am 65 years old and have been 100% P&T  SC PTSD for 7 years. With all of this Covid stuff, I haven’t seen my therapist for several months.  I’ve decided to not see him for the next few months & I wonder if I am in danger of losing my benefits if I stop going to my therapist for a while or if I stop altogether. 

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you might ask to reduce your sessions not that you improved but its just to much to go through  with this pandemic going on, so if your seeing your therapist every week or every 2 weeks  you might ask

I dont recommend you squander your time worrying about a reduction.  I consider time spent "worrying" as wasted time.   Instead of worry, you can take action.  Actionable events include: 1. 

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Hi Texasvet Short answer is if you are P&T, then no. You can always fall back on the fact that you didn't want to risk getting the virus and they are supposed to honor that reason for missing anyway. But, If you are rated for 7 years and 65, no, But maybe there is something in the "having your cake and eating it to" category. Several of the VAMC are opening up on a limited basis now, and in a few weeks many more will also. Have you tried to set up a video conference, telmed or whatever they call it? A lot of MH sessions are being conducted that way now and maybe your doc does that. Contact him and see. It is best if you continue your sessions to stay on course with your treatment and it is better for you and your family if you do.

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A lot of it is how advance are you in therapy? did the therapists teach you  breathing techniques to be able to calm your self down during panic attacks? high anxiety?

If you suddenly stop therapy  that may not be a good thing  don't worry about your ratings for not showing up at therapy worry about yourself and your family..

.if you don't have any scheduled appointments with your therapist  then stop worrying   if you do have appointments with your therapist I suggest you go to them...or you can request the video version and have the therapist send you an email for the VA virtual video tele-health conference   at a certain time and date..you can have these in your home  bedroom, living room where ever your comfortable.

THEY DO THIS  THROUGH OUT THIS PANDEMIC AND MAY KEEP DOING THEM.

I been doing these Video Tele-Health Conference with my therapist for about 4 months now we have them every 2 weeks at 11:00am sharp.

  I just grab my lap top here at home few minutes before 11:00 am grab my head phones and and get online go to my email click on the Gov.gov email my therapist sent me and walla at 11:00am there she is on my computer screen and we talk and she does her  therapy sessions like she does at the VAMC in her office .

It helps me too and she teaches me new things to try  I been OFFICIALLY   SERVICE CONNECTED FOR CHRONIC PTSD For 6 years now and have went to sessions weekly and bi weekly ever since.

  Although I had PTSD ever since I got out   but was in a self denial about it  for years ,I didn't want to be crazy or let anyone know I had problems coping with it, but I just could not hide it any longer  I had put my family through a living hell and I am glad I reach out and got the help I so badly needed. Or I probably would not be living today.

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I am 68 and 100% P&T Also  with 2 SMC awards  if we can call it that?(AWARDS?)

Actually none of us are safe until we reach the 20 year protection Rule

  I have 2 years left on that , 2022 I'll have my 20 consecutive years in on my 100% P&T.

 

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Thank you Buck & GB!!!

I’ve been seeing my therapist for 10 years now. I’ve taken the ACT, CPT, a class on insomnia and a couple of others that I can’t remember their names. 

While I greatly appreciate my therapist and his effort, I hit a plateau quite a few years ago. I’ve told him that sometimes I feel like I’m just living the trauma over and over and over again and that maybe trying to bury the memories like I did for 30 years is worth a try.

Some days, I feel terrible that I’m taking up his time and that maybe a younger veteran is missing out on getting the help he or she needs because I’m in his office. 

As far as the video conference goes, I’ve decided not to go down that path. I had one phone session with him and I just didn’t feel the patient-therapist connection.

I’ve done a ton of research on PTSD and as far as I can tell, at least in my case, until they invent a flashy thing like on men in Black to erase memories, they will always be there  

thanks!!!

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