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    simplysad is offline New Member
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    Unhappy In need of psychiatrist in area to diagnose and treat affordably

    Let me start first by saying hello to all. I am new to the threads..

    I have suffered from depression/anxiety/health issues for as long as I can remember. As a child I was forced into therapy. I can barely recall any sessions. All I do know is I didn't like it at the time. I am 26 now. During the time that I had insurance and a better job I tried hypnotherapy, acupuncture, and counselling sessions to try and pull myself together. Nothing helped. I have not had a clinical diagnosis because I was guiding into a more natural way of treatment. Well, I enjoyed the acupuncture but felt no change. The therapy was interesting, but yet again, nothing. I am still a good bit of a mess. Lately things have been more severe. My mood swings have been more intense, more angry, and more down than normal. I truly need help. It is affecting my work, my life, my love.. =( I am looking for a diagnosis and possibly medication to help me live my life. My job has since changed and I do not make enough money to jump into a 200 to 350 dollar appointment (which is the quotes I got from 2 psychiatrists in the area). I do not have insurance because the company I work for has expensive plans which do not cover mental health. I had to decline. I had open heart surgery at a younger age and I want to know if that is causing the constant struggle with my health or if it is something else, possibly my depression.. I know I need to see a few different doctors, but right now my state of mind is the most important to me..

    Any help would be most appreciated..

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    Default oops

    I forgot to mention that I live in the Saint Petersburg, Florida area... =P

    Thanks again..

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    simplysad .... it would help if you would tell us where you are located. Unless I missed something I have no idea where in the world you are located. Am I missing something here? God bless.
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    Default yep..

    I posted a second post in reply to my other stating that I live in St. Petersburg, FL.

    Thanks again..

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplysad View Post
    Let me start first by saying hello to all. I am new to the threads..

    I have suffered from depression/anxiety/health issues for as long as I can remember. As a child I was forced into therapy. I can barely recall any sessions. All I do know is I didn't like it at the time. I am 26 now. During the time that I had insurance and a better job I tried hypnotherapy, acupuncture, and counselling sessions to try and pull myself together. Nothing helped. I have not had a clinical diagnosis because I was guiding into a more natural way of treatment. Well, I enjoyed the acupuncture but felt no change. The therapy was interesting, but yet again, nothing. I am still a good bit of a mess. Lately things have been more severe. My mood swings have been more intense, more angry, and more down than normal. I truly need help. It is affecting my work, my life, my love.. =( I am looking for a diagnosis and possibly medication to help me live my life. My job has since changed and I do not make enough money to jump into a 200 to 350 dollar appointment (which is the quotes I got from 2 psychiatrists in the area). I do not have insurance because the company I work for has expensive plans which do not cover mental health. I had to decline. I had open heart surgery at a younger age and I want to know if that is causing the constant struggle with my health or if it is something else, possibly my depression.. I know I need to see a few different doctors, but right now my state of mind is the most important to me..

    Any help would be most appreciated..


    Glad you added the fact that you're in St Pete. That helps a little bit. I know if you do a Google search (I just checked it) there is over a page of apprearingly reputable psychiatrists firms in St Pete area. I'm in Houston and I think here the average charge is from $150-$250 for a quality dr who is is often listed as an addiction specailist with insurance companies so they can and do charge a little extra beyond the primary care with hmo coverage for sure. Without the benefit of insurance the cost would be the average charge(cost of dr of choice) likely of the dr in the area unless you know a dr charging less in the area. I didn't personally know any specfic drs in St Pete to recommend, perhaps someone else may be able to help. God bless.
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    I appreciate the reply. I have google psychiatrist around the area and have found many, of course.. I have called around as well. Really, I guess I was hoping for some information on some type of assistance if there is any. Honestly, I can afford my problems right now.. I can't figure out what to do.. I didn't mention before that I was on Lexapro for the past year. I did my research, liked what I heard, and had someone else get the prescription for me, since it runs so high without insurance. Well, that friend became someone I would like to never speak to again.. and here I am going through withdrawals.. =/ I would definitely say that Lexapro helped, but what I am going through now if absolutely awful...

    I apologize for running on.. Thank you for your help..

    Take care..

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    Hi simplysad,

    Please forgive my ignorance about the area where you live, but are there any universities with affiliated hospitals near you? That can be a great source for affordable psychiatric care. You often end up seeing very advanced students or residents (who are already medical doctors) who are under the supervision of attending physicians/faculty. If there isn't such a place within access, have you tried calling area hospitals to see if they have clinics? They often operate with sliding-scale fee structures and so should not charge you more than you can pay. Pharma companies also often have programs that enable you to get meds at a discount or for free, if you have a prescription.

    Speaking of prescriptions...please, please don't ever self-prescribe and self-medicate with psych drugs again. I don't mean to be harsh with you. I've just done this myself and I can tell you from my own experience...you don't know what you're doing and you can harm yourself. It's very good to self-educate, but there's all kinds of information on the Internet--good and bad--and if you don't have clinical experience you simply don't know what you're doing. I have a PhD from an Ivy League school, and I generally think I'm pretty darn smart , and I'm here to testify that I'm not qualified to treat myself with these drugs. In fact, I don't think that most doctors are qualified to prescribe these meds; I think only specialists should be able to prescribe them. (That's not going to happen, of course, because there's too much money to be made by throwing them around like candy. ) Especially with your medical history, you need to be seen by a real-live doctor who can comprehend your whole situation.

    I suffer from depression, too, and while therapy has been very helpful to me in lots of ways, it never helped me when I was in a bad depression. My cousin and my uncle had the same experience...therapy was interesting, but medication really helped them recover from depressive episodes. Everyone is different, of course, and I think it's critical to respect those differences, as well as the wishes of the patient. I deeply wish I had had medication sooner, but that's water under the bridge.

    OK, sorry to go on for so long. It's just something I feel strongly about.

    Please let us know what happens, OK?

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    Thank you for your response, Maisie... I am definitely going to look into what you have said. I believe there might be a university with an affiliated hospital nearby. I will also check into the local hospital clinics and see what they have to offer.

    While I completely understand where you are coming from on self prescribing medication, I also didn't know where to go and I needed something. And it did truly help. I do wish, however, to get a diagnosis and to be treated accordingly.

    Honestly, I am praying and hoping for something to work out in my favor here because I am scared..and so tired...

    Thank you again..

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    Please let us know what you find out. I've had good experiences with clinics in general, and I really hope you can find some help asap. Keep us posted, K?

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    I will definitely keep you posted.. Thanks so much for your help..

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