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    Well then take some time off work to go to your appointment. Can you leave 1/2 hr early one day? Or make early morning appointments when you know he has slept and does not need a nap yet.

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    @heartstringz....GP's are actively discouraged from prescribing anxiolytics. As a pp said...go to a Psychiatrist. They have the "authority"/responsibility/right to prescribe these medications and once a psychiatrist diagnoses and prescribes anti-anxiety medications your regular GP will generally feel more able to support this course of action.

    I have dealt with anxiety all of my life. I've tried many psychological therapies but I can say that nothing has helped me to live a 'normal' life better than Xanax or Seroquel. I accept and am completely comfortable with this.

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    I can't take time off work weekly. Im only there 3 days & im busy enough as it is. I start work at 8.30am & the psychs close dont see patients earlier than that & i cant get back in time on public transport if i go further.

    Ill have to keep looking for someone that does weekend appointments

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    Sorry if this has been said but can you speak to your Ds's daycare and book him in for an extra day? Make that day specifically for your ongoing appointments?

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    You don't have to go weekly though. You can do fortnightly/monthly. Also look into occasional care? You can drop your DS off for a few hours for your appointment. I'm not sure what else to suggest. I'm from Bris and I do not think many or any psychs work on weekends/nights. Possibly public if they are connected to the hospital?

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    Its a bit silly if they don't work weekends/evenings, i dont know what people are supposed to do!

    I can talk to daycare but they are pretty full, i dont think they'll be able to fit him in. We cant afford it anyway, to pay for a day at daycare when i have the day off.

    Ill talk to dh on the weekend & keep looking for psychs that do weekends/evenings & if i cant find anyone i guess ill just keep doing what im doing. The mental health system in this country is a joke. Ive been asking for help since i was 12 weeks pregnant, no-one cares, so i might as well just give up. No wonder there are so many tragedies when this is how post partum women are treated.

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    I had a thought - try hiring a babysitter. Will be cheaper than childcare and your DS will be at home.

    ETA. Unfortunately pretty much every medical specialist works 'office' hours in the private sector.
    Last edited by twinklify; 02-10-2015 at 12:36.

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    @heartstringz, I realise this might feel challenging to hear. It's challenging for me to say it but....yes there are psychologists who work outside normal business hours. They won't advertise it. You'll need to call them and explain your circumstances. And now, for the difficult part...I started driving only a couple of years ago so I know how hard it is to get around but it's probably not any easier for anyone else. Most people have a mortgage, most people get by on very little disposable income, no-one can really afford to pay for an extra day of childcare and a whole day off work to see the Doctor. Many of us have jobs that aren't family friendly and we also have partners who work fulltime and can't easily take time off work to look after the kids or take us to an appointment.

    However, it is a matter of priorities. How important is it to you that you get medical help?

    Are you prepared to forgo a day of work and an extra day of childcare? Are you prepared to assert yourself with your DH and tell him that without your health the whole family thing just won't work and that a trip to a psychiatrist once a month or two is the kind of investment that you need.

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    Im prepared to but how do i pay for it? An extra day childcare fees, plus the cost of the psych, plus the cost of public transport or the taxi to get there. We cant afford that regularly.

    Dh is supportive but hes also been made redundant 3 times in the last 4 years. His industry is completely decimated thanks to the government. I cant risk him losing his job again by constantly taking time off.

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    If you have sick leave you can use that to attend your appointment as the Psych will give you a medical certificate.

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