I recently moved back into my mothers home after losing my job and insurance. I have been forced to go to the emergency every 5 days to get a script for my Xanax. I currently take 1mg 3x a day and feel quite normal when I'm on the proper dosage. I am having a very hard time getting an appointment with a mental health provider, in fact my appt is 1/18/12. I have researched buying my medication online, however, as I said I am unemployed and this is just not feasible anymore. Has anyone ever been through this and if so ANY help would be greatly appreciated.
WIth those three problems/illnesses why are you only being given Xanax? That does help with the anxiety and panic temporarily but does nothing for PTSD.
Has not the Health system changed in the US under Obama? Delays are normal I am afraid in public health systems but still available.
In the meantime of course you will be suffering and probably quite badly. Have you seen your GP? And what did they say you should do?
For all of those problems, in the absence of a shrink and meds the only real options are alternative treatments. Free things such as learning relaxation, meditation, coping strategies and the like. All available in self help books which your library should have.
By far the best therapy for any of those problems is CBT, Cognitive bahaviour therapy. But it is not that useful if you are very low in mood. I'd suggest the relaxation type things and using distractions. IE, finding things to do which distract your mind from these disorders. Could be anything, walking is excellent if done consistently at a reasonable pace.
I found listening to music helped greatly as long as I didn't play sad songs. There are many other alternative therapies which may or may not be useful but the key to any of it helping is you. And how hard you work at making those things work for you.
Meds of course can help much quicker if you find the right one, but they do not cure depression, ever. They relieve symptoms which is essential for most of us so we are in a position to undertake therapy and CBT.
I personally have not been in your situation, however, I have helped several people without a source of income find mental health care. If you live in the U.S., check with your local county health center. They often offer mental health services for free, or at a much reduced rate. Unfortunately, due to the economy, yours is a familiar situation and county services are set up to help people in similar situations to yours. If you don't find help there, consider going to a local church. Some have members who offer reduced rates for their services. If you find yourself in desperate straights, head for the emergency room and tell them that. They have to treat you regardless of income. Most of all, don't give up - keep on trying to find help. I wish you the best -
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