I saw my psychiatrist today. I wasn’t really the greatest appointment. I actually left feeling very discouraged and I’m not in the greatest mood. I think I’ve hit a road block.
I’ve really been struggling with my anxiety. I’ve always had bad anxiety. It was pretty well managed the last few years, although I was pretty overloaded on my last anxiety medication. When I was in the state hospital, the environment was very controlled and I thought I had gotten over it, so I transitioned off of my medicine (the valium). Upon moving though, I knew no one, was in a brand new state, and also began working on trauma therapy — my anxiety has been at an all time high once again. I deeply regret ever getting off anxiety medication. I cannot get my psychiatrist to give me medication other than vistaril, which has done nothing, and buspar which simply made it 100x worse. I understand that other medications are addictive, but I only want something to help me when I go into a panic attack just while I go through this trauma therapy, even if it just a few pills a month to get me through the worst of times. I am getting exhausted living like this – it has made me depression horrible.
He told me that he went through my medications I have tried in the past – not specifically anxiety, but everything. I have gone through a lot – and he said that medications don’t work for me. I was pissed, because the regimen I am on now has done a pretty good job for the last 1.5 years. I have been more stable than I have been in like 4 years. He has only seen me twice now (I go to a medical school, so they switch residents every two years when they graduate). He doesn’t even know me! Yes, he has my records, but I highly doubt he has read them! Does he really want to see me off my medication – because I am really considering just stopping it since he claims that they don’t even matter, despite the fact that I have seen how much they have changed my life. But if he says that, why would I waste my money?
He wants me to compliment my trauma therapy with DBT. Which would be fine, except the only place around me that does it, is 1 hour away (ok still doable), but they also don’t take insurance, or any insurance for that matter (not doable). I am already paying out of pocket to see him (supposed to be $124 dollars-what I was told….but I keep getting billed over $200 and while they tell me they will fix it, it never gets done). I live on disability right now, I cannot afford to pay out of pocket for more therapy that my insurance wont pay for.
I guess I am just frustrated though because he basically told me that if my anxiety is that bad – I need to go to the hospital. What is the hospital going to do? Why can he not just help me? If he can’t help outpatient, why would the hospital be able to do anything different? Would they be able to prescribe me a medication? If they do–would he actually keep me on it? I’m not going to go spend a ton of money on a hospital stay when I feel like this should be able to be taken care of on an outpatient basis. I thought psychiatrists were supposed to try to keep you out of the hospital.
I have grown so much since 2011 when I first started having serious problems with my mental health. And I believe that each day I grow stronger. I know I also fall back though. I just feel like this is a set back for me. Or I shouldn’t say set back – its like a road block. A wall in my way. Another challenge. I don’t have help this time though. I don’t have a psychiatrist to help me get through it. And it sucks – it just sucks. I’m facing my pain and anxiety and depression on my own. I mean, I guess he cares in that he suggested the DBT, but he also knows I cant pay for it and he clearly doesn’t want to help me with medication – so I don’t feel like I have support. Now, I have to find the detour, the way around it – get past this road block.
I’m going to get through it. I just am going to have to work a hell of a lot harder and figure something out. I don’t know what yet though. I feel like I have tried a million coping skills.
So, I’m going to try to write some still, but I may be a little less frequent. I have some posts that I wrote ahead of time that are scheduled to be posted though, and those should show up. I am still going to try to get on here though, cause it does help. Ill just have to see how it goes I guess.