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Re: Serzone

Posted by Laurie on April 27, 1999, at 2:29:40

In reply to Thanks Toby., posted by Racer on August 27, 1998, at 11:55:13

> Thank you for taking me seriously. Thank you
for taking the time to respond, twice even. It's
nice to have someone listen, which obviously ain't
happ'nin' with the doctor who can see me face to
face. I'd be embarrassed for her if it weren't
for the part about being stuck with her.

> My county has very limited resources for mental
health. Basically, they can pay to have me in the
hospital, or to see one of their doctors about
half a dozen times. After that, there's almost
nothing. After the 4 - 6 visits to the
psychiatrist, they shift over to a med clinic
where they give you the meds, and send you on your
way. If you don't like the doctor, your choice is
to drive across county, about 40 minutes, and go
to the walk in clinic where you may or may not be
able to be seen. If you are seen, the doctor can
change your meds, stop your meds, or write you up
as a danger to yourself and lock you up. As for
talk therapy, the sliding scale goes down to about
$35 per session, no billing, pay as you go. Since
my depression is tied up with my inability to find
work, gee, that sliding scale is still way out of
my reach. I can't buy food, how can I pay rates
like that? Not alot of choices there.

> Thanks again, though. I am trying the drug,
just don't feel very good about the whole thing.
I do wish that I could talk to someone I could
trust about the side effects and my concerns, but
unless I can find someone to give up a couple of
hours to drive me up there, well, not much to do
about it. (Don't know if it's the drug or if it's
knowing about the potential side effect, but I am
feeling kinda disoriented and lightheaded. I'm
trying to tell myself it's the latter.)

How timely! My doctor just prescribed Serzone to
me today. I've been taking Prozac for many years
with much success.However, the lack of sexual
interest and difficulty having orgasms has gotten
to me. I've decided that I have nothing to lose
and a lot to gain by trying this new drug. I'm
kind of excited about it. I'll report back to you,
Racer, about side effects, etc. I too have had to
deal with county docs and I know exactly how you
feel. But, try the new drug, maybe it will work
and you will feel better and can get a job with
insurance and won't have to deal with her anymore!
Good luck to you.




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