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    Ok how do I find occasionally childcare or a babysitter who isnt some 17 year old?

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    You could start at your DS's DC Centre. Maybe 1 of the carer's there will know of someone or one of the assistants who are studying might want some extra $??

    Tech colleges where students are studying a Cert III/ Diploma in Childcare (TAFE up here they're called...can't see where you're from OP on my ph) have notice boards that you could put an advertisement on???

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartstringz View Post
    Ok how do I find occasionally childcare or a babysitter who isnt some 17 year old?
    Are there occasional child care centres near you you can walk to? What about advertising on gumtree or findababysitter.com ? You don't have to get a17 yr old
    Surely there's a child care centre that your little one can go to when you have appts. I know when I was having weekly OB appts from week 14 my DS went to Childcare for that day only

    Just a suggestion

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartstringz View Post
    Ok how do I find occasionally childcare or a babysitter who isnt some 17 year old?
    http://www.findababysitter.com.au

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    Everyone has already given heaps of useful advice, I'll just throw in kudos for getting to the doctor and hugs for it not going as successfully as it could have. I'm really surprised too that an SSRI/SNRI wasn't prescribed, definitely try again!
    True anxiolytics (such as benzodiazepines - Valium/Xanax/etc) are hard to get prescriptions for because of their addictive potential, but not regular antidepressants that are supposed to be effective for anxiety! (I tried a few before finding one that really worked for me, so have been through all this too)
    Don't give up!

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    I dont know what an occasional care center is but ill look around.

    I have a babysitter from ds 's daycare but only on weekends as she works at the centre during the week

    Ill look on findababysitter

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    I see a Medicare bulk bill psychologist. My GP referred me.. Worth asking your GP to refer you to one. I get 10 visits then can get 10 more if needed

    I'm on pristiq anti deps and they are amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartstringz View Post
    I dont know what an occasional care center is but ill look around.

    I have a babysitter from ds 's daycare but only on weekends as she works at the centre during the week

    Ill look on findababysitter
    Can u not go to appts when your DS is at care? U know what days he does do can you not book an spot around his hours?

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    Antidepressants (such as SSRI & SNRI) are FIRST line treatment for anxiety after cbt has been tried. They can take up to 6 weeks to kick in so often people are prescribed a Benzodiazepine (eg: Valium) to use for a short period until the long term meds start to work. Maybe your GP misunderstood you & thought you were demanding Valium or similar? That's the only reason I can see for not starting you on meds if they know your history. It's very puzzling.
    You could try printing some info off the NPS (national prescribing service) website to provide evidence to your GP as to why you want meds.
    Or try asking at your local Pharmacy which GPs in the area are good with mental health (we hear things from our patients!).
    It might help to word it like "I'm looking for a long term solution to manage my anxiety & I don't feel the psych is helping, can we talk about medication?"
    Best of luck, sorry you had a disappointing experience with the GP.

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    The beyond blue website has a search function for GPs that have an interest in mental health (and usually extra training). Maybe have a look there to see if there is another GP in your area? You may need to see a psychiatrist initially but many are happy for your GP to provide follow up care. You've tried therapy on its own but the research data is pretty clear that medication with therapy is one of the best options when you haven't been able to use strategies alone to improve things (I'm a psychologist and based on what I've read if you were my client I'd be recommending your GP consider an SSRI to support therapy). I'm not sure where you are in Brisbane but there is a psychiatrist service at Toowong that you can see someone usually within two weeks, the medicare gap is minimal, and they will work alongside your gp and psychologist. Please pm me if you would like more info.

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