Posted by MidnightBlue on July 23, 2005, at 20:57:31
In reply to Re: Need some help here » MidnightBlue, posted by Racer on July 23, 2005, at 18:31:15
Thanks for answering. I babbled you too, but guess you didn't get it. I guess I will call that first guy. I need to look up his info again. I just don't feel like he knows much. I think he is only 10 miles away. I'm not sure how good he is with depression and I feel sure I'm in the resistant catagory! Some docs keep trying to make me bipolar 2 because I don't respond well to meds. I've seldom had an UP day in my whole life!
I don't drive much at all. I have severe back problems and have problems trying to merge in traffic because I can't look back. I'm also terrified of parking garages, etc. I don't drive the freeways at all. We have LOTS of freeways!
Okay this older guy received a National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary psychiartist award about 10 years ago. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at a Medical School and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and behavorial Sciences at another one of its branches. He is in a high rise on a freeway. At least it looks like that from his address.
Yes, I can "pick" a doctor. BUT I have to call and beg and get permission first. And be pre-certified to see one. I am in a PPO. I'm sure most of the good docs aren't on it! I can't afford one that isn't unless it is a once or twice thing. I have seen two psychiatrists in this town and didn't like either one of them. One I saw once and QUICKLY fired, the other I went to for more than two years out of desperation. He didn't help me at all.
I have had SERIOUS problems switching drugs before. I know it is nothing to mess with. I am very sensitive to some meds and easily have side effects.
You have to understand there are daysI don't even go out of my apartment. At MOST I walk up to the apartment mail box, but have to make myself do that.
OOPS there is one other psychiatrist I saw. It was a research project I washed out of because of my EKG, and I don't think he even sees patients outside it. He is NOT on my insurance. He took my history, looked at me thoughtfully and said you haven't tried a couple of things yet. You aren't at the end yet. I really liked him, but he is 20 miles, up a parking garage, AND not affordable even if he sees patients!