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Look for agencies that offer therapy on a sliding scale. Or possibly your state as a community mental health agency in your town.

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has anyone dealt with trying to find treatment in an area where the only places available (income wise) have therapist that have less knowledge than the patient in the area?

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If I am not mistaken Canada has socialized medicine. At any rate, most places have a community mental health clinic that s run by the government. You can check on that.

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Does anyone know anything about accessing services/treatment in Canada (particularly Saskatchewan) for someone who's unemployed? I haven't been able to work for about a year and have no money to pay for things.
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Bee,

Do you have insurance? Some of the medical surgurical hospitals have psych wards in them. Then there is always outpatient treatment.

By the way, what state are you from?

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The problem in our state now, is with the economy the way it is they are closing all of the inpatient facilities there is only 1 left and it is 3 hours away from us and trust me i checked within 3 hours from us every way. Jewel

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Hi All,
It has been over two years since I have been here and boy were they quite a two years. I have been depressed (and overweight) my whole life. I first remember praying to die in my sleep at age 5. I have never felt happy.

In 1998 I finally sought professional help through therapy and medication. I began taking 20 mg of Lexapro in 1998. It seemed to help, but I always had a real underlying sadness, lack of intrest, and no motivation.

In 2007 my psychologist put me on Wellbutrin to improve my symptoms. I did feel a jolt of energy, but brought extreme mood swings and irritability--especially rage. I was taken off the Wellbutrin. Six weeks later something strange happened. I refer to them as "intrusive thoughts". A list of specific instructions to die--coming right from my thought. It hit me one afternoon about 4:30. I completed all of the instructions--except the last one (thank God!)

This landed me in the psych ward. After that my diagnoses increased in severity and my medication list kept growing. In 2008 I was on 7 medications (anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety, anti-depressants, mood stabilizers). I was so tired I would fall asleep on the table. I could barely function.

At the end of 2008 I developed Tardive Dystonia which is a severe reaction to Geodon that can become permanent. You know on the commercial where they say "irregular facial movements". That does not begin to touch the surface. The muscles in my face and legs were permanently and severely locked shut. I was in so much pain I just lay on the couch for a year (sometimes my tongue would be stuck between my teeth for days). I could not drive, I lost my job, I lost my home, and I had no life for one year.

Now I am off all medications and doing very well. I have since researched and found that what happened in 2007 that landed me in the hospital was likely withdrawal effects of Wellbutrin and not underlying psychosis. The medications added as a result only worsened my condition.

I do not want to discourage anyone from getting help and psychotherapy and group therapy (especially the all day out patient programs) have been a great help to me. Just please be careful with medications. When I presented with my above condition, the phychologist (including 2 others and a neurologist) did not even know what was wrong with me. These are the people who are supposed to alert you of the risks and they did not know it when they saw it (I was finally diagnosed at Rush Medical Center by a movement disorder specialist).

Please do your research before taking any medications.

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Often pharmaceutical companies will give assistance to people who are in need of their medications but don't have the means to buy them. Start by looking for the name of the company which makes the med that your doctor is recommending. Try googling the drug name and the word company.
Other programs exist to assist people who are not able to afford their meds.
Here are some links:
www.needymeds.org/

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i'm trying to qualify for charity care through a local hospital bc i think it's gotten to the point where i need an intensive outpatient program.

i live in a seriously poor area so the silver lining of that is that there are a lot of nonprofits around, and some of them will hook you up with things like physicals. i started out on the hospital website and looked around.

also, NJ has this "211" number you can call (there is also a website) to help people in need access services. it's pretty comprehensive. i don't know if your state has that but i recommend looking into it. they're pretty helpful.

hopefully you'll have better luck than me. i've been off my meds for more than a year now and i'm not doing well at all :( boo not having health insurance.

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I tried to skim the thread to make sure I wasn't posting something that's already been said. So forgive me if this is a repeat.

I've struggled with depression since I was young. Even when things were going well I'd have moments of feeling blue for no logical reason and would ocassionally withdraw from people for periods of time. Last year when my life fell apart it hit a crescendo and my depression became severe. I've struggled with self-harm for 5 years and never told anyone. It came out in the open when my (now ex) boyfriend dumped me for my best friend and I tried to take my own life. I've always thought I didn't have the means to get help, but it became necessary. I visited a local church and they paid for my appointment with a depression specialist. She tried to work around my financial problems (I'm working, but only part time minimum wage and I get no health insurance. I'm also supporting my out of work parents) She referred me to a free group therapy. I sent in an application to be admitted to the group, but haven't heard a response back yet. She also said she really felt I need medication. I'm not thrilled about it, but I'll do what it takes to get better. She said she would prescribe me the least costly medication, but before she would do that she says I have to get a physical with lab work. I don't have health insurance and I don't think I could afford the physical. Also, I'd need to go back to her for check ups. I've tried other remedies (i.e. yoga, herbal remedies) but with no sucess. Please give me any advice you can. I'm at a low point and pretty desperate.

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If it helps anyone....MOST cdecent sized companies ( i work for a clinic of 500 employess) offers FREE therapy sessions! Check it out with your HR people!

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MANDAHOP Sorry it took so long for someone to get back to you!
Here are some websites of organizations that may be able to help.
mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/databases/
www.needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf
www.nami.org/
I am also concerned that you were advised that you should be on medication yet you were never issued a prescription. If you are able to see a doctor, please don't hesitate to ask about this, as there are a number of ways to get help with medication costs. Check back in here if you need that information.
I hope this helps.
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hi everyone i have some questions!

i was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) after a major meltdown last year. The hospital put me in a program that was focused on addiction though (i guess the other group was full?) and i never really got any treatment except they told me i should be on abilify. i never even got to see a one-on-one counselor and never got an actual perscription.

sooo i just kind of put my treatment on the back-burner and finished school and started looking for jobs. unfortunately this was probably not a good move, since i have continued to have pretty severe episodes.

I am currently a VISTA volunteer, which is great, but you only get $1000 a month to live on and the health coverage does not include 1) pre-existing conditions or 2) more than one psychological appointment.

sooo I know i need to find some psychotherapy, but i can't afford anything. the only place that i could find on my own is "not accepting new patients".

does anyone know where can i find a list of places with cheap/free psychotherapy? or maybe some kind of hotline/website that could refer me to one?

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NAMI is a wonderful organization, my mother is the President of NAMI San Antonio- and we love it, there are so many resources and everyone just wants to help people in need.

NAMI San Antonio actually accomplished something quite amazing recently, they developed a unit within the police department that responds to calls regarding the mentally ill, and they are trained to know how to speak with people who have mental illnesses and have a gentle approach unlike many officer of the law that do not understand what mental illness is.

anyone who wants information on NAMI can contact me and I can definitely ask my mom...

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Wow!!!

Just wanted to say I just found this forum.

You guys are wonderful

I like the way you combine all you experiences and knowledge

Keep up the Good Work

Kudos to all of you emoticon

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Isn't there anyone you could contact that you know about through social services but who isn't part of social services?
What about NAMI or Mental Health America?
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I have a different problem about accessing services. I worked for the county with social services. So if I want low cost services, I'd have to work with former co-workers.

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Okay, thanks for your reply! I just feel unsure of myself that's all!

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SCORPIOC - I think the psychologist wants to know if you feel like you need to have another session. They don't usually push you into them, at least mine have never done so. They just want to let you know they are there for you if YOU need them.

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Hi everybody! I an currently seeing an psychologist and wanted to ask an question to u guys but when the psychologist ask the client if they want another session does that mean that she doesn't want to see the client anymore?

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Not sure this is the exact right place for this but go to www.nami.org They started new groups all over the country called NAMI connections which is a peer to peer support group that is free and confidential. I have been going lately and find it very useful and informative. In my opinon its a better one out there.

Also they have resources for family members too.

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Check out Mental Health America to see if they know of any resources for educating loved ones.
www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

Many mental health care or medical sites on the net provide information that can be printed off and given to family.
See if your therapist would be willing to have them come in with you to discuss your situation.
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Not really sure if i can post this here but i am gonna try. Does anyone here know if there is a program to help family members understand mental health issues. Or even something that can help advocate for someone that is seeking help? I see a thearpist and a phych doc but i want to be rid of the noose called guardianship that looms over me. Both of the people i talk to say they will help but are also not too sure what i can or can not do.

Also right now i cannot afford to have a lawyer so like i stated before any help would be good.

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contact your local community mental health center. you will not be charged a fee or will pay on a sliding scale based on what you can afford if you have an income - I don't know how sliding scales work so you'll have to talk to them about it. You can DEFINITELY find help for little or nothing so that is not an excuse. Letting nature run it's course is dangerous and unwise. Dangerous because depression does not just go away on it's own and unwise because not taking care of it makes it worse. Depression is one of the single most treatable conditions so you will feel better with treatment. I can understand you may not have a lot of motivation right now or are not thinking exactly clearly - you must advocate for yourself. Once you feel better you will wonder why you waited - that is, if you really are invested in getting better. Best wishes.




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There are services in most areas that provide free/sliding scale services. It is often a matter of finding them, which can be a daunting task when you are feeling depressed already! Please try!

Break out the phone book...my area has "blue pages" in the front of the white pages that highlights community services by need, (housing, work readiness or counseling for example). If you don't have this, start with your/any PCP's office, they may have referral for you. There is also an non-emergency alternative number in most areas (311 in mine)that provides service information.

Worst case scenario, you go to an agency for an appointment and explain your situation. They will be able to connect you to an insurance benefit "expert" who can help. Agencies often have a contingency plan for those with no insurance and need help.

Never let insurance stop anyone from making an appointment! There is always a way!

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Cindy, In here in Texas there are free mental health services for people who can't afford it. It's called MHMR where I am. but there are people who care and will help. Please don't give up!

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Cindy, I haven't wrote anything on the forum boards before, but I had to respond to you. Please do not give up, I know how you feel, but you can't give up. Don't let what others think about you cause you to not get the help that you need. Look and see if there are any clinics in your area that goes by your income. Try to look for social service agencies or church social service groups that help with getting medication you may need for free, and as a previous poster suggested, walmart has a program where you pay 4 for a months suppy of pills. Also you may have a mental health facility that goes by your income also. I have said previously that I know how you feel, try to think through your illness and do what's right for yourself. I don't know you but I am sending out hugs and love to you.

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Ignoring depression usually does not make it go away. There are many resources available if you look and don't give up. NAMI has chapters in most areas and can get you headed in the right direction. Deal with it as soon as you can so you can start to enjoy your life. I am 53 and still struggling with unresolved depression and I would hate you to be in that place!

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suggesting on taking pills. put them wherever you do the first thing in the morning brushing teeth, cup of coffee etc. I Also don't have insurance usually you can get help from your local hospital for low or no income.

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CindyB: please hang in there! There are definite coping strategies that a counselor can help you with. I was on medication for years for PTSD along with therapy. For two years of therapy I didn't have insurance either. It was a major struggle financially, I won't lie to you. But, what is more important than you?? The best investment in the world is in yourself. Please take Jodi's advice and reach out to the mental health care resources in your area. You are worth it!!!!

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I did this for my Dad..get some small dixie cups or the catsup's cup.He took 9 pills a day..so I lind up 9 cups with a pill in each one and the time on the cup and set it by the coffee pot next to the sink.So ever time he got a drink he saw them.If it was empty he already took it(so he wouldn't od)worked great and I do it when I'm on alot of pain meds so I won't forget to take them or forgot I took them and take too much

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see your doctor first to rule out a phyicial problem like hormones..thyroid ect.then ask her to refer you if necessary...I suffer from seasonal depression and have learned some excellent coping tricks

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Cindy that is a difficult attitude for me to understand... Why did you post here if you are just going to keep plugging along and not seeking sources of help for counseling and medicine. If you open yourself up from just accepting and look for help from the medical and prescription site available to help those with out medicine it will stay the same. Is that really what you choose? Walmart, Walgreens and even individual drug companies have help for those with no insurance for example at Walgreens a family plan of 30 dollars makes it possible to get 1 month or three month supplies at prices better in some cases than my prescription insurance copay. Might be the drugs available under these programs would work for you??? Please do it for you and investigate options before you give up. emoticon

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It means that I will keep plugging along w/o meds or counseling and whatever happens will happen. As I have no insurance, I feel like I have the plague and no one will touch me. My life has been too long anyways...take care and don't worry about me.


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CINDY What does "let nature take its course" mean?
Are you okay?
Try contacting the Mental Health America office near you to see how they can help. This is their website, where you can find out where the closest office is.

www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

Call the crisis line in the front of the phone book if you need someone to listen and you are overwhelmed.

If you are thinking of giving up, and are having suicidal thoughts, please get to the ER nearest you, or call 911 and let the EMTs take care of you!

WE CARE! Please take care of yourself, and let us know if you are all right!
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I'm in Oregon and not on Medicare or Disability so there are no resources for me. I'm going to just let nature take its course...

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thanks for the info it was very useful.

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YMANDD I just want to be clear on which type of professional help you are considering.
A therapist or counselor usually has at least a masters of psychology or a masters of social work degree. He or she may have doctor in front of their last name if the degree is a PhD. This type of professional will do talk therapy with you, but can't prescribe medications because she or he is not a medical doctor.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor specializing in mental health conditions. Psychiatrists know far more about depression and related conditions that a family doctor, and know antidepressants and other meds that we are commonly prescribed. Some also do talk therapy.
You have the choice between seeing a therapist or psychiatrist, or you can see both, depending on your needs and ability to pay.
There are some therapists and psychiatrists who specialize in working with children or teenagers, but after you reach adulthood basically all the other counselors and p-docs will see you.
Finding the right person(s) for you can be simple...or not.
It is great to have a recommendation, but since most of us don't go around talking about our treatment, it hard to get one from a patient. If you have a family doctor, you could ask for a recommendation. That is quite a common way to go especially for a p-doc.
If you feel comfortable going to health services at your community college, they will be able to suggest potential candidates.
Many people check out several therapists before committing to one, and if you are comfortable doing so, that can be the best way to find a good fit, but it is time-consuming and requires a certain amount of confidence.
Of course, you can always find professionals in the phone book if you choose that method.
Another deciding factor for many of us, is whether your HMO has a list of professionals who are the only ones that they will pay for, or whether you get more freedom of choice. If you are counting on an HMO, paying for your visits, check with them first.
Jodi

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Since I'm in community college and staying with my mom along with my other siblings, I've notice my depression (in different season/ months) running high and sometimes low. And it is in my best interest to find some professional help that will help me deal with my depression. So my question is that where do I find a doctor that would help me and is there a certion age range to see a doctor for depression?

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2/4/09 9:25 P

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I try to think of my therapist as a tool (kinda like Sparkpeople) to teach me things I need to know to manage myself and then keep me on track. I'm not there for them to like me, I'm there to learn and get better. That helps me be honest and open with him, and keeps the embarrassment/shame to a low simmer.

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MCNALLY_FE I am sure that you know that only by being completely open with your therapist will you have the best possible chance to get better.
For years I didn't tell my psychiatrist about some behavior because I was embarrassed about it, and convinced myself that it wasn't important anyway. As a result, I wasn't diagnosed as having OCD, and so I didn't receive medication for that condition for a long time. I sabotaged my treatment, not intentionally, but it still meant that I didn't make the progress that I should have.
The therapists and p-docs have heard it all, and while it can be hard to get the truth out, in the end it is a relief.
Before you go back into therapy, think hard about what you want to get out of it, and whether you are prepared to put yourself out there or not. I don't want to discourage you from getting counseling, but you are the one who can make the difference to make it really worthwhile.
I understand what you are saying, because of my own experience. I just wish now that I had spoken up earlier.
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1/21/09 8:56 P

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You should call around and see which places around you have a sliding scale fee.. We have one here called Adult and child and I only ended up paying ten dollars per visit..It might be something to look into.

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1/21/09 8:07 P

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www.metacafe.com/watch/1659107/inspiration
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I liked this Swappo! We need to appreciate the good we have in our lives.


Edited by: SPARKLINGHOPE at: 1/21/2009 (20:12)
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I have worked with my government agencies.
I live in Utah and I am amazed at how many places have a "sliding scale" fee policy - cost is based on income. Also every state has an agency that is responsible for providing mental health services to those on Medicaid. Even if you are not on Medicaid they must base your fee on your income.
One place to start is on the web google "community action program" then select state and community.
Also "Medicaid" select state and mental health providers.
In our community - Catholic Community Services provides many services to low income, refugee families etc and No you do not need to be Catholic to call or go in.
When I first saw a therapist after my ex-h left. I determined that I had to be honest with Dr. S or else I would not be able to heal. The marriage was based on dishonesty and so I had to come clean with myself and others.
I have learned that I make time for what is important. With work I just informed supervisor that I had a weekly appointment.
When you are ready to be healed actions will change.

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1/13/09 7:31 P

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i can relate to alot of these posts. I also don't tell my therapists everything, or sometimes I fabricate the truth, so my life doesn't sound 'how i want it to' or something like that. My trend is to go to a therapist, stay for a while, then just stop, and move on to the next. At this point in time, i can't even afford the copay or fit them into my schedule, and i wish i could.

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1/11/09 7:36 A

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I just found a great video that tells the whole story about other peoples hurts.
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1659107/in
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1/11/09 6:15 A

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thanks Jaz and Emily for your encouragements.
It reminds me of the saying ' I complained that I have to shoes until I saw a man that had no feet. I guess I got too caught up with my own troubles and not seeing others.

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I joined a committee at church to help feed the hungry.
My goal is to stop whinning about my life and get involved with others.

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Swappo! I came to the DwD board this morning to post about how crappy I have been feeling and how I have felt like a failure over the past few days only to find your message here to let me know that my problems are small and easily overcome. Are you ok? I'm so sorry that your Christmas was so terrible! Please don't feel like you "offend society"! I don't know much about you, but you say that you are working - which is a huge positive in this economy where we are at our highest unemployment rate in YEARS. Plus, you're a member of SparkPeople so you've got to have some sort of desire to reach your goals - which is one of the most admirable qualities a person can have in my opinion. Keep plugging away! I know bad things come in packages of 3 (or more!) but just keep your head up, keep working hard, and plow right through this dismal time. Things will get better - they ALWAYS do, if you want them to.

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1/1/09 6:07 P

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It has not been a very good Christmas this year. My mother and sister both were very ill, so Christmas was pretty much cancelled. I had know where to go. Spent most of the week on the computer playing games. Rest of family just ignores me. I am seriously thinking of finding a place to put me away as I seem to cause a lot of grief to others. Work is low pay and crappy, no education or skill. No money but in debt big times.
Does anyone know where such a loser as myself can go so not to offend society?

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