The 3 MAJOR things that have contributed to my depression 

It’s been a really, really long day for me and I apologize for not getting to this sooner. I wanted to update you on how my first solo therapy appointment went today. 

I have been managing my depression pretty well for most of my life. I take my meds and talked to our longtime family therapist when I feel the need. Lately, that hasn’t been enough. 

Those of you who’ve been around for a long time can probably tell when I struggle more because it impacts my writing. 



I’ve had a few concerned readers urge me to get my own therapist but what I was doing at the time, was working for me.  Having said that, I’ve struggling more lately and after hearing what everyone had to say and talking it over with the wife, I decided that I would give it a try. 
Today was my first appointment and it went pretty good. 

The psychologist I’m seeing was actually my abnormal psych professor in college. I was a forensic psych major and he not only taught me but advised me as well.

It seems like it’s going to work out pretty well. 

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  • kimmy gebhardt says:

    Hi Rob, I’m glad that you’re getting some individual help, I think it will really make you feel better in terms of how overwhelming your life can be at times. I have a question that I wanted to ask yesterday (on your post about seeking help) but I was in appointments most of the day and never got around to it. I know your family has been going to Dr. Pattie since Gavin was young, but what exactly does she do for all of you? You often mention Family Therapy, but what does that entail? Also, I am very curious how Dr. Pattie saw Lizze every week but never saw any signs of caregiver burnout in her. That a trained therapist/counselor wouldn’t recognize that something was going on is somewhat alarming to me. Please don’t take this as me throwing rocks at your doctor because that’s not my intent, I am genuinely curious. As for your new doctor, hopefully he can help you come to terms with some of the issues that contribute to your depression. Good luck.

    (Unrelated, is Gavin feeling better? I replied to the post about him but didn’t know if you saw it.)

    • Rob Gorski says:

      Super quick because I’m not feeling good today. I saw you comment the other day but my server had been hacked and I have been working on lots of backend stuff and haven’t had a chance to get caught up with comments.

      Gavin is feeling better as of right now. I’ll try to circle back around when I’m feeling better and touch on the burnout questions.

      Thank you again for suggesting I see someone on my own. While I was resistant, it got me thinking.