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I've read posts on this site for quite a while now, and figured it might be useful to join and participate.  Super frustrated with how long it's taking to get in to see a psychiatrist and feeling like I'm going well.. crazy while waiting!  Previously saw a psychologist, but ran out of insurance coverage.  And now I'm just rambling...

 

My diagnosis is below.  I feel like the Borderline "traits" are becoming worse and more prominent, and I need to find ways to cope with them better.  Sometimes the way I'm feeling, or even behaving, is causing a lot of anxiety.. So hopefully some of the forums on here will help me out!

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Thank you all for the welcomes!

 

@Aidan  I don't know of any cheap psychs here (Canada).  Psychiatrist are covered by our health care, but the wait time is so long.  Psychologist are not covered, but I had insurance for a while.  I've seen my primary doctor, he's the one that sent in the referral, and also been prescribing my meds for me.  Hopefully the psychiatrist will be able to find a med that is a better fit.

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Have you tried contacting the universities near you to see if they offer a low-cost therapy option? Both of my local universities in BC offer sliding scale therapy for the general public, which because my income is below the poverty line results in me paying $10/session (the other uni charges $20/session minimum). You might also consider contacting your local CMHA to see if they can either offer you, or lead you in the direction of, therapy options for lower-income clients.

 

I suffered for years trying to find help until a stranger in a walk-in clinic line told me about her university's clinic - they really don't advertise them when they do exist, so the best way is to google your local universities and "psychology clinic" or "clinical psychology" :)

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@discomposed those are very good ideas, and I may have to look into that further.

 

When I was seeing my psychologist, we did talk about other options for me once our sessions had to end (we didn't expect my insurance to run out, but because I didn't go back to school in Sept, my university coverage stopped, and I had already used up my personal insurance).  The options she gave me were to get a recommendation for a psychiatrist, as well as group therapy.   The group therapy has no cost, and I will be honest in saying I don't know why I haven't gone yet.. I guess the idea of a group makes me anxious.  I know the office I went to to see my psychologist had students practising there as well, but it was still around, if not above, $100/hour.  

 

I bought a depression & anxiety dbt workbook today.  Some of the worksheets are similar to what my psychologist would give me, so hopefully it helps.

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