Posted 1/14/2007 1:09 AM (GMT -6)

Hi CatGal,

Welcome to Healing Well. I am glad you found us. There are many of us here suffering from different illnesses as well as depression and anxiety.

Following along Kelly's (hopefulmigrainer) suggestions, I have found seeing a psychologist very helpful. Psychologists are different from Psychiatrists because they don't prescribe medication and their schooling focusses on counselling. They help you learn how to cope with the challenges you are facing. There are also several work books available at bookstores. For example, The Depression Map. It walks you through your depression, helps you identify what is driving your depression and develop some strategies to cope.

Another book I like is Get Out of Your Life and Into Your Mind, ACT Therapy. It's a new therapy that teaches you how to accept what's going on, stop worrying and start living without worrying about it. I am working through it right now and finding it very helpful.

Kelly has some great suggestions / comments in her post that will help. And we're here to talk to when you need us.

I hope you feel better soon.


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Posted 1/14/2007 5:09 AM (GMT -6)

Hi CatGal, I also would like to extend my welcome to healing well to you, we are happy to have you join us here.  I hope that you find this a safe and supportive environment. 

I diagnosis are Major Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, PTSD with mild OCD.  In the beginning when I started to seek treatment for these I too would find fault with doctor's offices or the doctor/counselor's and stop going and have my PCP continue my medication regime...then after a while when the medications ended up not being effective for me I would stop taking them all together.  This was a very vicious cycle of behavior for me for well over 15 years.  I am 33 yrs old and just within the last 2 yrs have I stayed in counseling and with the same psychiatrist and made myself stick with this treatment plan.  The turn around for me was that I was physically sick and seriously depressed, the meds that my primary doc was giving me weren’t helping anymore and I had issues from my past that I needed to address before I could ever move on with my life.  It isn’t easy and everyone has to find that right balance for them.

The fact of the matter is that you’re taking medication that really needs to be prescribed by a Psychiatrist.  If you didn’t like your Psychiatrists office staff for what ever reason then by all means find another doctor but find one you do like and can work with and stick to it.  I absolutely hate my Neurologists office staff but my Neurologist is a great doctor so I keep going back.  I only have to deal with his staff for a short period of time.

Also, I have worked in the mental health field for many years and I just wanted to say that though there are some bad psychiatrists out there....most of them, a majority of them are really great doctors.  Can you imagine listening to other peoples problems everyday and not becoming depressed yourself?  Hearing stories of children, who are abused severely, and other kinds of horror stories and the feeling of helplessness...They have to try to detach themselves but it is difficult and I am sure over time it weighs on them.  Also there is not much money to be made in mental health unless you’re a doctor in private practice and only take private pay clients.  Just trying to give you a different perspective to look at here.

What you could do is discuss this problem with your primary care doctor and see if he/she has a psychiatrist they can refer you to and set up an appointment for you.  Usually, if you doctor helps get you in then other offices tend to be more accommodating to the patient.

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