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Top things people say to psychiatrists

People don’t grieve the parent that dies. They grieve the relationship they never had with that parent.

‘I’ve been living my life doing what I thought I should and then I just suddenly realised, I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do. I fell like I’ve wasted so much time’.

‘I just don’t see the point. I’m going to die one day, it’s all pointless, it means nothing really in the long run’.

‘It’s never going to get better’.

‘But what if I get better and then it comes back? I’m so terrified of that happening’.

‘This is too hard, I’m never going to be able to get through this’.

‘I don’t know, you’re the therapist, you tell me’.

‘You’re only here because you’re getting paid, you wouldn’t care otherwise’.

‘I know I did the right thing, but I can’t get over the guilt’.

‘I feel so alone’.

“I’ve never done this before so I don’t know what to expect.”
“I didn’t think / told myself I wouldn’t cry coming here. Sorry.”
“I’m always taking care of others, but I feel guilty taking time for myself or asking for help.”


“Does this recline?”

It’s not my fault.

I can’t control myself when I’m angry.

I’ve tried that and it won’t work.

I can’t change. I am who I am.

Marijuana isn’t harmful.

“I just don’t know how to change.”



Shouldnt be stuff like that confidential? Or is it allowed when subject is anonymous? Or am I just watching to much of TV?

“How do I cope with the ambiguity and unpredictability of life?”

“How messed up am I really?”

“Are there others like me?”

“Can others accept me for who I am?”

“Can I accept myself?”

“Why am I feeling a certain emotion and how do I better understand/manage it?”

“Is life worth living?”

“How do I feel connected to others, and have others also feel connected to me?”

“What did I do to deserve (insert shitty thing) happen to me?”

Obviously a non-exhaustive list.


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