Actively Listening

I have very regular interactions with my Psychiatrist. He actively listens and supports me and continues to play a crucial role in managing my health.

As I mentioned recently I have developed several neurological issues that came about while taking part in a clinical research trial for Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms) close to two months ago where I literally convulsed and spasmed for nearly six hours during the treatment. Some of these issues which are rare, difficult to treat and almost unheard of have become increasingly more concerning, unmanageable and very difficult to talk about. These physical setbacks have also helped play a role in the decline of my mental health over the last many weeks. 

I am so incredibly grateful though to have such an amazing team of caring doctors and mental health professionals in my corner who continue to actively listen and support me through every step of my journey and especially at times like this when I am feeling extra scared and embarrassed. 

Knowing that I have such a wonderful team behind me who actively listen to me feels good. When someone is actively listening it means their attention is focused on the other person with the intent to understand, ask questions, interpret, reflect on what they hear and evaluate all aspects of what you are telling them; with empathy and without judgment. These types of communication skills can be very interchangeable and beyond beneficial to have.

I had an appointment yesterday with my Psychiatrist where I updated him on where I was at with my physical and mental health since we last spoke. I also updated him on my appointment I’d had several days earlier with the Neurologist he had referred me to and let him know I am awaiting upon appointments for both an MRI and EEG scan. He spent our entire appointment actively listening to everything I was telling him and was already thinking two steps ahead with other treatment options and referrals in hand.

Active listening builds trusting and strong relationships, it enables you to better identify problems and helps you build more knowledge of a situation. My journey toward wellness over the last 8 years has taken me on a very winding road with a great deal of trial and error but as I said above I am so eternally grateful to have such an incredible team of caring doctors and mental health professionals in my corner, as well as a loving and supportive group of friends and family who are always looking out for me and actively listening in order to ensure that no matter what, I continue to move forward ❤️. 

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Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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