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I feel that way inside and outside my home. Along with MDD, I have terrible social anxiety/awkwardness and a lot of trouble navigating everyday life - I've had psych professionals repeatedly enquire as to why I am still living at home if it depresses me or why I can't get a job and work part-time while going to school like everyone else my age. The same goes for talking to anyone outside my home - it's hard for me to explain that I am too depressed and anxious to function on my own, and yeah, it is not something I am proud of or enjoy. I understand what you're feeling. It sucks.

 

In regards to that therapist - I would stay as far away from her as possible. Could you report her maybe? The way she treated you seems not only uncalled for but could be seriously detrimental.

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"Adult life is just tall grade-school."  -- Dennis Miller

 

"We tend not to see the world as it is, but as we are ourselves."  -- I forget, google it

 

The second quote is for the therapist, not you.  It is also for all the people who treat you like a child, because they see some part of THEMSELVES as children, as immature, not you.  If someone treats you like a child, they are more the child than you are.

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I am treated like a kid, don't know the whole reason why, but part has to do with me looking nothing near 40 years old.

 

Might also have to do with how I don't know how to "act/behave/whatever" other than I know, and I don't think part of me has ever really made it past my childhood other than chronologically.  I mean, how is one supposed to be at 40?  But people definitely do not see me at my age. 

 

Also might have to do with the fact that I don't know how to fight back, ie, in a conversation, and if I do try to it just all comes out wrong.  It certainly isn't a grown adult talking in those situations (even though I am; I just don't know what to say for my age).

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Wow. First I want to say that the therapist was totally out of line. They shouldn't have been screaming. At least I don't feel like that's an appropriate response. I'd tell someone that comment and how it made you feel, especially if the therapist has any sort of higher-up.

 

I don't know. I haven't had too many problems with people not treating me like an adult. I tend to have the opposite problems--people treating me like too much of an adult. I think it has to do with me having a lot of responsibility when I was younger (I was a "second parent" for a few years starting at a young age). That said, people tend to guess my age very young, and often think I'm around 16 or so. That's very irritating. 

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I really think that person should be reported to her supervisor.  That is NOT how anyone should be treated, and certainly not in a group setting.  It was unprofessional, to say the least.  Please file a report with the agency that employs her.

 

olga

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That was a completely inappropriate thing for that therapist to say to you. You don't deserve to be treated like that. I agree with everyone who said that she should be reported.

I've been treated like a child by many mental health professionals. This is mostly due to me a) still living with my mother; b) needing a lot of prompts in order to do certain things; and c) not working or going to school. To be honest, I am immature for my age. My mental age is a few years younger than my chronological age.

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