Finding Help that Understands …
If you or a loved one are suffering from The Impossible Task
Everyone who contacts me after reading my articles on the Impossible Task wants to know where they can find help. Although this condition is not recognized as an official psychological illness, it is a symptom of one or more that are recognized and therefore covered by any health insurance that covers mental health.
If you or your loved one has yet to be diagnosed with a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD or bipolar disorder, or other more transitory psychological trauma, an evaluation to determine the diagnosis will be the first part of treatment. This is especially important because the type of treatment for The Impossible Task will differ depending on which condition it is a symptom of.
So here’s what I recommend for finding a psychological professional who understands, has the skills needed to treat this condition, and is in your insurance network.
1. If you live near our mountain communities or somewhere in California, I would very much like to help you or your loved one. Over the years, many of my clients have suffered from The Impossible Task, even long before I had a name for it. When I first saw a reference to it, I recognized it immediately and was so glad to have a special term I could use to talk with my clients about.
I’ve found that being able to label a symptom by an understandable term can be very helpful. Clients are usually relieved to know that there is a name. A name makes it easier for them to understand that this is a common symptom of their condition and that it will get better through their treatment.
Because I had already been working with clients with this symptom, I could also see that there are additional things I can do specifically for this symptom that will actually enable them to make better progress in their treatment. It has been exciting to see this among my clients.
Please contact me if you live in our area or somewhere in California. I will help you determine if I am covered by your insurance. My schedule is usually pretty tight but if necessary I can usually get to a waiting list without too much delay.
2. If you live in other parts of the country, outside the USA, or would prefer to work with a local California therapist, here’s what I suggest. Search online for Psychology Today Therapist in ______________ and fill in your location. You will probably find a lot of therapists there. I doubt any will list The Impossible Task in their profile. (My listing does and you could take a look at it), but in looking at profiles in your area you will see:
– Their picture
– Who they serve and their location
– Their approach to therapy.
– Insurance they take
– The methods they have been trained in and use. (A wide variety of methods is more helpful
in treating The Impossible Task than a single or a limited number of approaches.)
Look through the profiles for those who treat anxiety, depression, or other condition you have been diagnosed with or suspect you might have like ADHD, PTSD, Grief, etc. Find one who appeals to you and contact them through an email or phone call. Once you get a response, explain what you are suffering from and ask if they will read my article You’re Not Lazy … You Could be Stuck in the Impressible Task at DrSarahAEdwards.com. Have them contact you if they agree with this article and think they could help. Let them know I will be glad to speak with them if they have questions or need other information.
If your first choice doesn’t work out, look for others on Psychology Today who appeal to you until you find someone who really understands and can help. Hope that will be soon.
Feel free to contact me if you wish. To share with family or friends you believe would like to understand, see https://www.drsarahedwards.com/youre-not-lazy-you-could-be-stuck-on-the-impossible-task/
See also Finding Help You Can Understand https://www.drsarahedwards.com/finding-help-that-understands/
If you are interested in any subject on this site, please contact me.
To share with family or friends you believe would like to understand, see “You Can Help.“
(c) 2020 Dr. Sarah A. Edwards