Medications don't work for me. They just numb me out and then down the road I get 10x worse. Neither do self-help books. Actually, self-help books just made me worse because they are too simplistic. I need someone who is well versed in clinical pathology to sit down and talk with, who will help me psychoanalyze my life. I was also looking into EMDR but it's quite expensive also.
I've seen many different kinds of health professionals over the years: chiropractor, naturopath, chinese medicine doctor, physiotherapist, osteopath, etc. Most don't charge nearly as much as a psychologist. To me $140/hr is not justifiable, and most are even more expensive than that.
I unfortunately live in a city where mental health resources are very scarce. The only hospital based offerings are psychiatrists, and you need to attempt suicide (or be very close) to get fast tracked to see them.
It's alarming to me the state of mental health care in North America. There have been so many cuts over the past 25-30 years, no wonder people are so distraught.
Feeling pretty screwed here.
The good thing about
EMDR is it can be as few as two sessions. Not more than 6 if I remember correctly.