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Not knowing all your issues I would think I counselor or regular Psychiatrist or Psychologist would be ok. You could also see about a nutritionest. Just a thought. You just have to find someone you feel comfortable opening up with.
As for your friend issue, maybe she is insecure. She may not be jealous, she may just not understand and doesn't want to put her foot in her mouth. Do you drop her, I would say no but I would be looking for some new friends in the mean time.
Your post and your profile lack important information in order to effectively offer insight into your concerns. However, if your concerns are generally socially based and you have low self esteem, often a Psychotherapist who specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy can be very helpful.
As for your friends issue, (are you very young?), this seems quite immature. You are growing up and maybe your friends are not. It is sad to lose a good friend, but growing up often means shedding layers of our youth in order to grow.
Good luck. Cheer up!
Can you call Dr. Blackstone's office and get a referral to a therapist that specializes in Eating issues?
About the friend -- she may just need some time to adjust to all of the changes you are making.
When we change, the people in our lives usually have alot to re-evaluate -- and whether you mean to or not, you have changed the dynamic of your relationship (probably in a good way, but change is change and it is very stressful to some people).
Hang in there with her -- give her some space -- and see what the therapist has to say about it.
Thanks everyone for all the different viewpoints! I am diffidently going to call someone today and set up an appt! I just feel like I want to address all of the little underline issues and the reasons I find comfort in food.
I just find it amazing how a “solid” friend relationship can crumble over something such as losing weight! And some of you have been friends with the other for such a long time too!
I am glad to hear you friend is coming around Sharon!
I have only been friends with her for the past few years but I consider her friend like family especially since neither of us has family living around … My toddler son just adores her too, and it hurts that she hasn’t been around. I guess it would make sense to me if I was a few months out of surgery & losing weight… then maybe I could have something to grasp onto for this disappearing act of hers. But I am only 3 weeks out (as of today actually).
Anyway, I am looking forward to journey and getting healthy for myself, my husband, & son… and if that takes losing a “friend” on the way then so be it, because I don’t want to go back!
I see a licensed clinical social worker that specializes in anxiety, depression and eating disorders. She has been wonderful as I saw her for 2 years before having surgery, she helped me with my decision to have surgery and now follows me post op and has been helping me deal with body issues , stress and anxiety over becoming a mom as my pregnant belly grows.
She was wonderful too when I was first losing because I got really depressed when I no longer recognized my face in the mirror.
I think it is great that you are considering therapy because weight problems are not just physical but emotional and mental and that part of the body needs help healing too.
I would only go for a psychiatrist if you believe you need medication. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and don't tend to do therapy so much as prescribe medications though and use 15-20 min follw-up visits to do medication management.
Try to find a therapist (either licensed clinical social worker, certified counselor or psychologist) that works in a group practice with several psychiatrists. That will help if you ever need medication and the psychiatrist can share notes with whoever is providing therapy for more wholistic care.