Hey, that helps explain things.
Xanax is merely another benzo, so replacing klonopin with xanax would have been of no benefit whatsoever. I don't understand why she didn't put you on an antidepressant that treats anxiety.
Missing appointments can be quite harmful for a number of reasons:
1. Your illness doesn't get managed adequately. It hurts you and your doctor has to try to manage symptoms that have exacerbated over time without intervention.
2. Waiting lists are long because people don't cancel appointments - it makes it harder for other patients to access your doctor.
3. In Australia it costs more to train as a doctor than it does to buy a house (approximately $300,000). Doctors often have to pay hefty student loans bigger than their mortgages, so they get miffed when patients don't show and they don't get paid.
In saying that, they do generally understand exceptional circumstances and it is really good to keep them as informed as possible.
If I was going to advise anything I would suggest you call your doctor one last time, say something to the effect.
"Hi, I've called ____ times over the past ____ weeks to find out when my next appointment is. My underlying anxiety is not being treated and I'm finding the mood stabilisers are no longer effectively treating the bipolar. I need an appointment as soon as possible. Can you please advise me when my next appointment is by ____ . If I don't hear from you by ____, I will need to start looking for another psychiatrist to help me manage the symptoms I am experiencing atm.
It tells them why you need them to return your message and what you will do, at what stage, if they don't get back to you. It puts you back in control of your treatment.
Good luck with it
Post Edited (Living Well) : 10/24/2013 5:08:57 AM (GMT-6)