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And I hate to say that I can relate jerrympls

Posted by Racer on May 20, 2004, at 18:27:44

In reply to I HATE my psychiatrist so much, posted by jerrympls on May 20, 2004, at 16:52:26

OK, when I was in that sort of situation before, if someone had said this to me, I would have snorted and said, "Yeah, sure, in your universe -- @$$hole." But now -- even though I'm in a similar situation myself right now, except that it's a county system rather than a research facility -- I will tell you that a decent doctor would treat you better than you feel you're being treated (same goes for me, for that matter), and you do have some options -- albeit limited, depending on your specifics.

Chemist's suggestion of posting some general regional information in hopes of getting a good suggestion here is really good. This board has a lot of people in a lot of places who really have been through this sort of thing -- and survived, at least so far. Someone here is likely to know something you don't, something that has helped them and might be a good option for you.

And, while this is a long term goal, if you can get even partial response, maybe that will allow you to do those things that could then allow you to improve your situation still further. It's one of those things that borders so closely on bootstrapping that I really hate to write it here. I know that that proximity would have sent me so far over the edge when I was in such a bad way before, it probably would have sent me over the edge. Please know that I'm writing it because I *know* it to have been true for me in the past.

OK, since I know I wouldn't have believed that back then, I will reveal a little bit of my story. I was entering a depressive episode in 1991, had work troubles -- pointy haired boss -- and was offered a contract position, so I quit my permanent job precipitously for a short term contract. Stupid, but it was inevitable anyway, so I won't blame myself. (You have no idea *how* pointy haired this boss was.) Anyway, that contract finished in early 1992, just at the start of the recession, when there were no jobs out there. The depression got much worse, as you can imagine. No insurance, so no treatment, so it got even worse. No local resources -- I really did look hard and effectively, too. A friend found a program for residents of the county she lived in, so we used her address to get me into it. Not a great doctor, but he was a nice guy, so what the hell, right? The drugs were certainly not optimal, but they stabilized me enough to find a job (this is 1993, by the way), which provided insurance, which allowed me to get to a much better doctor who improved the situation still more. Sure, that's a kind of bootstrapping, but it's still my true story.

So, give us some more specifics if you decide to, and maybe someone here can offer something useful to you -- as my friend did for me by finding that program that started the improvements for me.

Best luck to you.




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