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Anxiety and Depression – Sect Story of a Musician

Break free from anxiety and depression made by others! Even by sects.

In 1992, I came into a sect that was the beginning to my breakdown and serious problems with anxiety and depression.

Bipolar Disorder Depression and AnxietyIn the beginning, everything looked nice in this sect. The people there showed me so much love that I was convinced that they had the “one truth”!

They used the Bible to show that I had to give away everything that could come between me and God, (in fact, everything that made my life worth living!) I had to give away my family; friends were forbidden, forbidden to enjoy food for real and so on. One of these sacrifices was my love for piano music. I was not allowed to play the piano for several years! I had to give away everything that made my life good! I felt more and more alone.

And I felt that God hated me. It was a lot of focus on that God is judging us and that it is very, very easy to come to hell. Even if I “do the best I can” to be a “right” Christian.

In 2000, I was mentally broken down. I was so depressed, and my life was so filled with anxiety that I did not want to live anymore. I felt so alone. God felt far away and against me. I believed I would come to hell, was terribly afraid demons, had no friends, and I should not be attached to my family.

But I did something important at that time: I went to therapists, and they helped me a lot. Three times I was in a mental hospital, and I got a lot of help during many years. Step by step I felt better and better. Today I still feel some anxiety and some depression, but it is much better now.

Recovering From Anxiety and DepressionI started to take back all the things I did loose in the sect. Family, friends and so on. In 2013, I had four talk shows in Norway, telling about my history in a sect. It was full-booked. Newspapers and TV was very interested and shared my story.

Also, I took back the piano music! I started to play and make my own music again. The pain I experienced I put into my music! I wanted to express it, wanted to express hope and longing. November 2013 I made an album on iTunes “Waiting for Better Days” and a music video to it. Everything is self-made, and it is a good feeling to see that I can manage in some areas of life again.

I want to inspire others with mental health problems that there is hope. Tell them that it is therapy for me, to make music. Hopefully my story can encourage others to break free if they are in a sect like the one I where in. You can listen to my music on the page Music as Therapy. If you like what you hear more, go to “Waiting for Better Days” on iTunes? Feel free to share to people you think might like it, or even need music like mine.

Jon Harald Gjesdal

What One Should Ask a Mental Health Expert

Mental health symptoms

Amnesia LizzardIf a person, a family member, or friend of someone who is in therapy, questions should be asked to avoid problems. All therapist expertise levels various and not all is qualified to diagnose mental illness. If one suspect that a person has a disorder, one should do the best to be extremely accurate on the symptoms, research them and describe them.

Go to a therapist. Then you will know what the issue is, and by researching your symptoms, you will be ahead of the game. If you describe your symptoms thoroughly, you will be better able to prevent incorrect diagnosis.

If you visit a therapist, the therapist will talk to you and listen to your opinion. They will search for signs and disturbances in your thinking patterns.

Therapists will check for symptoms like:

  • Blocking thoughts
  • Peripheral thought patterns
  • Fleeting ideas
  • Paranoia
  • Vague thoughts
  • Break in reality
  • Disassociation

If the patient displays a disturbance in their thinking patterns, the therapist may find psychosis. Counselors will consider schizophrenia or psychosis if the patient shows a change in reality. Paranoia and psychosis may be misconstrued if the mental health expert doesn’t have a good understanding between the two conditions.

Mental Health TherapistSchizophrenics are often paranoid and may suffer from post-traumatic stress in the early stages. If a patient provides answers to questions that are unrelated, the therapist may consider a potential mental illness.

Another area of concern is if the patient speaks in fragments of thoughts and don’t provide complete sentences or ideas. This is known as a fleeting thought process. If a patient is illustrating thoughts that are off the subject, the therapist may also express concern.

Other areas that are considered include language. Some patients may just have a lack of education, but they should be able to speak in a comprehensible manner. It is essential that the patient is not misdiagnosed simply because they have poor communication skills.

Because everyone is different, and they all may have different levels of education, it is essential that the psychological therapist pay attention to symptoms that are linked to mental health.

Be sure to ask the therapist questions any time there is a diagnosis, and on what the diagnosis is based.

For example, if the patient is telling the therapist about a dream and all of a sudden can’t remember what they are talking about, this can be a proof that the patient has suffered trauma. The symptoms are in front of the therapist, but it is wise to continue treatment to confirm the diagnosis.

Many therapists are not trained sufficiently in certain conditions, such as Multiple Personality Disorder. These conditions require that all therapists carefully examine the person because they may only be suffering from dementia.

However, if they are suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder it is usually because they are trying to block traumatic memories to avoid pain.

It is always wise to ask questions when you are visiting a therapist, and this can also help them to avoid any mistakes.

A healthy mind is vital, and mental health should not be taken lightly. Therapists are constantly studying the mind, and often use the guinea pig method until they figure out what the issue is.

Mental health symptoms are serious and should not be taken lightly!