... & have been diagnosed with GAD, ADD, PTSD & mild to moderate depression. I've tried countless combinations of various SSRI's, ADD & anxiety/panic medications that after 25 yrs have found the right meds that work well for me, the only med I find helpful to switch every 3 months to a similar drug in the same class of drug, because my body develops a tolerance and physical dependence to it, but is the only one medication that is most helpful & works the best at managing my anxiety & eliminates my panic attacks altogether, the medications that when I take on a daily basis help me immensely are celexa 20mg daily, Xanax 2mg 2x daily and 10mg Valium 2x/day to supplement the Xanax, adderral 40mg in a.m. & 20mg at noon, trazadone 150mg at bedtime for sleep. I have recently moved to Cleveland, OH and and only on celexa right now that I have left over. I will be going back to school & work soon and need to get back on track and find a psychiatrist in the downtown area that I can get into and seen as quickly as possible and need some referrals if anyone can recommend someone, preferably a male Dr. I have applied for Medicaid but have not been approved or denied yet and will be a self-pay client. Does anyone know of a psychiatrist in the downtown area who is accepting new patients and who you would recommend based on personal experience? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much!! Jennifer M
I lived in northern VA for 25 yrs and started psychiatric treatment/medication around 10-11 yrs old?
- 18 Jun 2016 by Jlm618
- 11 Jul 2016
- depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, medication, treatment, ssri, diagnosis, combination
I am not from your area. You could check into the college you will be attending they usually have a health clinic with free care and or maybe a referral to a Psychiatrist.
If worst comes to worst you can go to the ER at a hospital and tell them you need temporary meds until you find a local doctor.
Hope you find a doc soon :)
Shout out to another from Northern VA! I wound up moving away in 2001, but Holla! I went to LHS and GMU. :)
I just want to support you on this. When it comes to pain management, anxiety meds (benzos), basically any controlled substances, we may have spent years building a trust relationship with our doctor, and they have no problem regularly refilling our prescriptions. Trying to find someone new who isn't going to give you the line of "we really don't like to prescribe these" is very difficult."
A second idea you can try is to consider the fact that Dr's really network nationally. They have to get so many CLE credits fulfilled every year in order to maintain their license, and this often involves travel out of state to large functions. You may speak with your old doctor and ask for him or her to provide a referral to someone new. That way, your medical records can be transferred over, and you are more likely to have a smooth transition back to the way things were. If your doctor is unable to provide a reference, a third idea is to ask your old doctor if they would feel comfortable speaking with the new doctor you find, so the transition of care can go well. I have seen Dr's get on the phone with Dr's countless times, and they really do want the best for each and every patient. Just a few more ideas to consider, so you don't feel so alone and grasping at straws?
OH and on THAT note, you are so totally supported here! We got your back, girl!
I have noticed, reading around this site, that certain US states kinda 'jump the gun' when treating kids of such tender age with powerful anxiolytics, antidepressants and antipsychotics (quetiapine would be a HUGE worry to me... )
These things should really (check Martindale for relevant patient info) be reserved only for the very worst cases, and Jennifer, I somehow doubt, reading your post, that you are of such a dreadful condition that such treatnent at ELEVEN could have been justified in any way shape or form.
Some of the combinations you say you were prescribed concurrently would cause no end of problems for fully-grown adults, never mind a girl who was probably hardly even pubertal at the time...
My advice would be to seek a therapist whose recommended prescroptions would be a last chance saloon after CBT rather than such a cocktail. Addrerall, a combo of three amfetamines, is a particular worry, especially as there are paradoxical drug interactions with others you mention. I would say your docs have been more than a little irresponsible in their prescribing before trying CBT with the ONE most important drug, the rest being added as you grew and whether or not your condition (s) responded to less pharmaceutical solutions. Methylphenidate is a much more sensible choice for ADD; Xanax is fine with 11 year olds but only in dosages which are age appropriate.
I hope you understand why I answered in this fashion rather than finding a local doctor who would be willing to continue down the path you have been on for so long.
I wish you my best anyway, and hope that you find that your problems get less serious as you start to drop a couple of unnecessqrily prescribed items which negate the benefit of cognitive behavioural treatments.
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