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Questions for Doctors... (Toby? Dr Bob?)

Posted by Racer on June 8, 1999, at 21:32:23

OK, I won't repeat the whole sad saga of the Psy-doc. Let's just say that I finally got a call back today, from a call from Friday saying I was suicidal. She said that anti-depressants weren't going to help me, because my problems were deeper than that. I needed therapy (no s**t!), and since that wasn't possible, well, there wasn't much of anything to be done.

I asked about adding another drug to what I'm taking, she said that no one ever prescribed a second anti-depressant, and since I'd been on Serzone and Effexor XR, there weren't any others to try. Maybe Prozac, but she didn't think so. Now I do go to a support group, and several people there take multiple anti-depressants. What's the reality here?

Here's the reality check from my side: I know that therapy would be good, but since I'm too sick to work, I can't afford to eat, let alone spend money on anything beyond food. I know that anti-depressants should work for me, they have in the past. I know that this one is not fixing the depression, though it is controlling the anxiety. I know that this doctor is less than stellar. I know that my feelings of suicidal ideation are not a real sign that I want to die, just that I need this pain to end. I know how to do research about other options available to me, but there are none right now. I know that President McKinley is doing a great job. (OK, so that last was meant as a joke. I know that my jokes are a little weird, that's got to be a good sign, right?)

So, Doctors, what do you think? Another drug? A higher dose? A call to the medical board? Any suggestions?





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