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Hi everyone,

I'm new here - been reading about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences for a while but this is my first post.  I have a problem and am wondering if anyone has any ideas...

I know, finally, that i need to see someone for how i've been feeling.  That can't get out of bed/answer my phone/clean my house/cant -even-pay-my-bills feeings that i've had most of my life, and the last year was particularly bad.  My problem is that I don't have health insurance (but i do work) and i know that psychiatrists are expensive, and the medicine even more so.  I dont even have a general doctor that i see for basic physical problems. 

Does anyone know of a place that I can go that isnt so expensive, or if i do go see a psychiatrist, how exactly does it work?  DO i have to continue to go weekly/bi-weekly  (which i'm assuming will be a couple hundred dollars out of pocket each time) or will the p-doc just diagnose me the first time, subscribe some meds and let me go on my way?

any suggestions on how anyone here without insurance got help would be greatly appreciated...

have a good day everybody

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Also, depending on where you live, most teaching university hospitals offer psychiatrists and therapists in training for like $10 a session.  Yeah, they are in training, but there are also more up to date on theory and research, and they have someone supervising their decisions. 

There is usually an application process, but if you state you feel like you need help pronto, they can usually speed up the process. 

Send me a private message if you need help searching....I don't have insurance either and these teaching universities have been a life saver for me in more than one city.

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Hi Miss Miz,

Welcome to CrazyBoards. CraZgrrl is right about getting yourself to a doctor. More and more GPs are knowledgeable about depression and medications. There's nothing wrong with going to a GP rather than a psychiatrist, especially when money is an issue. Many people have an excellent response to their first antidepressant med. It's when you've tried multiple antidepressants without getting better that it makes sense to go to a specialist/psychiatrist.

You don't say where you live, but many states have county health services where you can get low cost medical care. Or community clinics. Something.

Also, there are now three good antidepressant medications in the US that have gone generic: fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa), and bupropion (Wellbutrin).

The generic prescription prices will be anywhere from $40 to $80 per month.

I'm glad you're here. Post back and let us know how you're doing.


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MissM -

I would just add to the observation about teaching universities and hospitals that although the trainees are trainees, their patients' care is still overseen by fully qualified doctors and therapists.  Many have benefited from this alternative.

Also, Greeny is right about your general practitioner being a good place to start, especially if you've done some homework about your own symptoms (gotta love the internet...).  There are limits to your GP's ability to treat mental health issues, but if you reach that point, your doctor will be able to help you find specialized treatment within your ability to pay, and give you a referral.

And keep writing to us here.  We may be crazy, but we're friendly.


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