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I'm so fustrated! I finally decided to address my issues with my doctor at my yearly appointment last week and she diagnosed me with depression. I've been struggling with this since a little after my first daughter was born and it took me well over a year to even consider that it could be depression. The past few months, things have gotten worse, to the point that I knew I HAD to get help. So I sucked it up and asked for help. The doctor sent in someone from the hospital to do an initial evaluation and she recommeded I try a partial hospitalization program there. It sounds like it would be a big help, but my insurance won't cover anything until we hit our deductible, which is still a few thousand dollars. We're struggling financially as it is, we just can't afford it.
So where do I go from here? She didn't prescribe me anything, but said she felt I will need something to help me get out of this. I think she was just assuming that I would do the partial hospitalization, which includes seeing a psychiatrist and getting medication if you need it. After a few phone calls, I finally found a psychiatrist in my area that I can see. It feels strange to even consider seing a psychiatrist, it makes me feel like I'm crazy Who else would be a good for dealing with depression? Do I need to go to a psychiatrist to get medication if I need it? I always assumed your regular doctor prescribed medication for depression and you would see a counselor on the side if you felt it was necessary. Help! I feel so lost and confused with what I should do!
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (5) and Alexis (3)
Some regular doctors will prescribe antidepressants. But it is kind of out of their expertise. Most doctors I've been to will give a referral to psychiatrist rather than prescribing something. From my experience, psychiatrists don't really do therapy, they just focus on finding the right anti-depressant for you and the right dosage. They tend to know better than a family doctor (or OB) about side effects.
Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you.
Mama to a lower elementary school boy, preschool girl, and my miracle baby girl.
Two 10w losses (11/2010 + 8/2011)
I had a counselor for my PPD. But I am also active duty military so my regular doctor prescribed medicine for me. I hope you are able to get the help you need and pull yourself through this. It is so hard especially when you have to add other stressors to the mix. I hope the psychiatrist helps.