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   Posted 1/7/2011 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   

Well, I’ve just been to the doctors to seek advice about depression, he barely listened to a word I said and just signed me up for counselling, despite the fact I told him that I have a very busy schedule and can’t get to the counsellor he gave me...

So now what...

I just don’t think there’s a point to anything anymore, I may as well not have bothered. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to progress, how to get better. I just signed up to HealingWell and I really enjoy looking at what other people have posted and trying to help them, but I don’t know how to help myself and I don’t think I can.

I know I can get over this, but I know I need help to achieve it, but I don't know how to get help! Errrrk...

It's Genetic
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   Posted 1/7/2011 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, S.E.F., and welcome to the Depression Forum,

My first thought is to ask you to please go right now and get another psychiatrist. There are some excellent and compassionate men and women in the field of psychiatry. You just happened to get one who
is somewhat uninterested in your medication needs.

So many new medications are offered now for remission of depression, and there's no real reason for you not to be cared for expertly to relieve the symptoms you're experiencing. You just need one of
the better medical professionals to assist you.

Please keep us posted on your efforts to find a psychiatrist whom you
like and feel that you're getting proper evaluation as his patient.

It's Genetic

getting by
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   Posted 1/7/2011 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
It's Genetic is right, sometimes we don't get the proper fit with a doctor or with meds, it takes time and maybe even a few tries. But don't let this stop you. It is worth the effort that you put into this. Don't think that just because you didn't hook up with the right doctor for you that there is no hope. There is hope, but you just have to keep trying. Don't let this discourage you.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/7/2011 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the others about maybe searching for someone else. Also, some psychiatrists actually do counseling as well as meds management.

I'm not sure how packed your schedule is, but wanted to point out that many counselors are willing to meet with clients early (I've gone as early as 6:30am) or late -- up till 9-10pm in the evening. So maybe it's still possible.

I think you are very wise to realize that you probably need outside help. I, and many others, really struggled with coming to that conclusion. It seems like somehow we ought to just be able to figure things out. But the mind is an incredibly complex system and it really does take a specialist to know how it works. Finding a good psych/therapist can sometimes be a daunting task, but it truly is worthwhile. Being able to have true joy & peace in your life will make all those other items on your schedule go so much more smoothly. ;)

best wishes,

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   Posted 1/7/2011 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
word of mouth is another good way of finding a compassionate therapist. with compassion, jamie


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   Posted 1/8/2011 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah, you should really do your own search for a counselor. Don't know if you are from the U.S. or what, but some of the insurance companies provide pretty good descriptions of what the counselors' specialties are. Like if they specialize in people who were abused as children, the description might say that. Or if you notice somebody near your home or office, you could look up their website or Google them and see if they sound like OK people. I have found these are not the worst ways to pick a person. Also, sometimes friends or people at work are VERY open about their doctors, mental health providers and that can be a start.
Reactive arthritis, diagnosed 2010. Hypertension. Taking Methotrexate, Norvasc, Mobic. Former user of SSRIs and various mental health providers for anxiety, depression.
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