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Re: [IP] Depression
> people find works best for them? Medication, psychotherapy, or both?Thanks
> for any help/advice you can give me. Just to clarify, I'm not feeling
> suicidal or like I'm going to hurt myself. It's just a constant feeling
> of hopelessness and fatigue and it's affecting my academic and work
i don't know what the process is in your neck of the woods, but here in
ottawa (ontario), to see a psychiatrist, you have to see your family doctor,
or a gp, and get referred to a shrink. i think you can call a psychologist
or therapist yourself, but provincial insurance doesn't cover that (they do
cover psychiatrists though).
i was on medication for many years, and went off of them not quite a year
ago, which was the best thing for me, since i had been feeling pretty numb
most of the time on all the pills (wasn't injecting until january of last
year), and having been off of them this long, i know i no longer need them.
i think my advice would be to first just chat with your doctor about this.
i wouldn't advise medication until you've had a chance to really talk out
your feelings and the situations you're in. too many shrinks that i saw
medicated me the first time they saw me, which probably wasn't what i
needed. in fact, i know it wasn't what i needed. :)
if you can afford it, or have insurance for it, i'd suggest seeing a
psychologist or therapist, since they can't prescribe meds. not to say that
meds may not help, but in my experience, shrinks aren't very good at
talking, or should i say *listening*.
another thing that a good friend found very helpful - who did try a number
of medications, and is no longer on them - was to get a therapist that he
could really talk to and respect. he lucked out finding one on the first
try, some people have to try a few times to get one they can relate to. he
also goes for massage therapy, which he says helps him relax, let someone
else do the work for a while. it also feels good.
as for the school thing, going to talk to the health folk there might be a
good thing, since you may be able to get extensions on some work if you're
finding it overwhelming. we at carleton have our paul menton centre for
disabilities - which may sound intimidating, but they often also accomodate
people having temporary problems, illnesses, learning disabilities, and so
on. they've seen it all, so they can offer good advice.
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