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Sometimes I feel like I downplay the extent of my mental health issues when I talk to my therapist, because the very fact of having a session means that I’m talking to someone else in a safe space where my stressors are absent, and it is difficult to express how bleak my thoughts can get when I am in a different mood.

I suppose that this is a common phenomenon in psychology. Does it have a specific name? Has it been studied rigorously?

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broad question about mental health research 

@miramarco it's like the opposite of "white coat hypertension" which is when being in a doctor's office stresses you out enough that your blood pressure is high

broad question about mental health research 

@derwinmcgeary Oh, that's very interesting to know!

broad question about mental health research 

@miramarco I know it's not the answer you were looking for, but I wonder if there's a general category of "clinical observer entanglement effects"

broad question about mental health research 

@derwinmcgeary :blobpats: Sure, that’s what I am also hoping. Wikipedia has a page about to that, but its only category is “Hypertension”. I’ll also have a look on scholarly articles, maybe they’ll put me on the right track! (And even if I can’t find anything that way, it is good to be aware of white coat hypertension!)

broad question about mental health research 

@miramarco if you find out I wanna know too, because it's something I've seen and experienced a lot.

The best way I've found to mitigate it is to go in with a written down list of topics I want to discuss.

broad question about mental health research 

@starkatt That helps, but there’s always the problem of conveying the mental anguish I feel when I think of those topics.

A useful, but tough thing I’ve done with my therapist was writing down my thoughts while I was in the middle of a depressive episode and send it to her, unedited, with her permission of course. It helped me remove that filter and allowed us to comment on my thought process.

I will let you know if I find something!

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