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Finding a pdoc and dealing with hi is hell

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Omfg why does finding a pdoc have to be such a problem!? Like as soon as I find one with an office near me, they're either not accepting new patients or off my insurance (so they cost like $200 an appointment). It's like the universe is saying "I want you to suffer, bitch!" like what the hell?!

Does anyone have any advice about finding a pdoc? I called my health insurance, but all they did was try to push therapy. They even called to today about scheduling me a therapy appointment when I called to find a psychiatrist. Like, therapy is great and everything, but I need meds.

At this point, I just don't know what to do in order to get help.

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do you have a local mental health services office? I live in Canada so that might be why I was able to get a pdoc for free, but I registered for a pdoc through the mental health service office that they have where I live. it took quite a long time for me to get an appointment with her, but the wait was worth it. 

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Have you tried your general doctor? When my therapist suggested that I needed more than she could provide and thought I should see a psychiatrist we negotiated. I didn't want to see a psychiatrist so she agreed to keep seeing me for therapy if I went to my general doc and got checked out. She spent a long time with me (and my wife, I drug her along) and she prescribed both an anti-depressant and and anti-psychotic. 

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There's a huge shortage of psychiatrists in general. That's part of what you're running into.

Any thoughts about trying a psych nurse practitioner? They might be more available than pdocs.

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All the centers on my insurance are booked to capacity :( and I don't have a GP right now (I aged out of my pediatric and haven't bothered to find a new one yet).

2 minutes ago, Wooster said:

Any thoughts about trying a psych nurse practitioner? They might be more available than pdocs.

How do I find any? Would they be in the same centers as pdocs or somewhere completely different?

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It sounds like you are in the US.

If so, you could get on the website for your insurance company to search for a provider with X miles of your zipcode.

 

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I went through a time where I just couldn't find a pdoc.  For some reason, I went to ratemds.com and I found my current pdoc through there.

There is also a website called http://www.nurse.net/cgi-bin/start.cgi/referral/search.html for nurse practioners.  I didn't have any luck with that, though.

I think that fdocs can be helpful with depression, but I had horrible experience with my GP when I went manic when she gave me an SSRI.  I ended up IP.

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I would call your insurance company and ask them to send you information on which DRs would be covered with your insurance.

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i just went through this. no one was any help. I called my insurance, my pcp, the dr i was seeing etc. In the end i made 40-50 phone calls myself.i got 4-5 replies and got an actually highly reviewed good doctor to take me. My insurance was no help. My pcp tried calling dr's to help, and got no where. He did hook me up with a company called Quartet that does leg work for you and puts you in contact with mental health professionals. They werent getting me in quick, but i was getting responses though. Maybe look into it. 

It made things worse for me feeling hopeless, lost, losing my support system, my doctor, trying to work, tryin to function, and worrying non-stop about finding help when im spiraling. Hang in there. 

Also i kept finding these places where you need to see a therapist before u see a dr. I see therapists, i know i have issues, i know i need a doctor. I dont need to go see a therapist 3-5 times before i can even schedule with  a psych!!

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