When should I see a regular psychologist?
Compared to other people, I seem to have more mental issues than the average person that accumulate to create random problems in my every day life. I think I have hypochondriac tendencies, so I don’t want to run off to a psychologist when it isn’t necessary (my husband and I don’t have a lot of money). Here are the main things:
I’ve never been diagnosed with ADHD but my mom, my premarital counselor, my husband and I have all wondered about it. When I have a project to do I have a ton trouble getting started. Once I get started I have trouble stopping. I hate being interrupted for anything.
I am extremely introverted and I scored a 29 on the AQ test. Those two things might be related, but I did find out that a score of 29 means I might have Asperger’s syndrome. I used to have a lot more trouble with people than I do now, but for instance, I got extremely depressed when I worked at a tech support/customer service place, largely because I hate being out of the house for that long and I also hate being forced to talk to people when I’m thinking about something else. It is too hard to focus. Now I clean houses which is a lot better, but I’m still out of the house for a long time and it makes me so tired that I don’t get much done in my time off (still better than the tech support place though).
I know most people hate costumer service and so forth, but I feel like my reaction was a little bit intense. I actually hoped to get in car accidents and so forth. I didn’t want to die, but I did want to have any possible excuse to not have to return to that place. I think the lighting, the dust, and tiny open cubicles were bad too. My coworkers and bosses were just fine, though.
Also: while I believe that autism and ADHD exist, I view them as extreme sections on a spectrum more than as problems. I think they are simply differences in people’s biological makeup or reactions to the world around them so I will not be taking any medication that affects my brain unless I really don’t think I can function without it. I am interested in talking to a psychologist to see if I should adjust my behavior, and to have someone to help me do so if necessary. Basically, just don’t suggest psychiatry. I am curious to know if others think I should see a psychologist. A psychologist’s opinion would be nice 😛