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I understand this may not be totally appropriate for this thread, but since I have taken some of the regulars' advice and I figure some are wondering what I'm doing, I wanted to share what's going on with me so far.
I have been meeting with a psychologist for each week for the past month now. It's a start and I know I have a long way to go with my anxiety and overanlysis of things. The psychologist is in agreement with me on my persception that it is a double edged sword. However, it seems to the pscyholgist my stimulus for using my analytical for "good" may not be the best. I won't get into details on this other than saying it appears fear may be the stimulus for both ends of the sword.
I have seen some here suggest keeping busy as a way of confronting this stuff. I asked my psycholgist about this one, and she says in *MY* situation that may not be a good thing if i were to take it up, as it may lead me into becoming a workaholic. Again I stress this is based on purely my situation and no one else's.
I also made a call to the California AIDS/STD hotline, based in San Francisco. Their advice falls in line with what Dr. H says as well as many of the regulars here. While it may be a regurgitation of what I've already read, it's always nice to speak to someone verbally. If you are in California, this may be an option for you.
I still plan to proceed for the 12 week test, which is a little over 4 weeks away. However, I understand this is only for my peace of mind as my situation was isolated and extremely low risk.
From my situation, my insurance didn't require a referral. Also my doctor doesn't keep a list of referrals and those referrals' covered providers. I was able to find a large number of mental health specialists on my insurance's website, and saw their list of specialties. After doing that, I called 10 of them telling them my general concerns. Some said they don't focus on those areas, others said they were too full of patients. Finally, I found one whose office is only 4 blocks away from me and said she has worked with other patients with similar situations. Good luck to all who make this decision.
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