I agree with hiring a sitter also, perhaps another SAHM looking for some extra income that also has a child of a similar age etc. I am not comfortable with strangers looking after my child but in this circumstance I would do it and I would prefer it to be another mum. That way you are only paying for a couple of hours instead of a full day.
I get what a pain it may be, I don't drive and sometimes the thought of having to arrange plans around public transport and sitters etc gets overwhelming, but I just force myself to do it.
Is there anyone that does phone appointments after an initial appointment in person?
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02-10-2015 13:01 #31
02-10-2015 13:20 #32
Travel to the next town to another GP. My anxiety isn't as bad as yours I don't think, but I got meds easy. To be fair it was my GP of 10 years who knew I'd been exercising and doing lots of stuff long term, so it wasn't just like he was doleing out AD's. The change in my life has been amazing. Yes you should exercise, watch your self talk, use relaxation etc etc but sometimes people need meds. Some AD's are more suited to depression, others more anxiety. I'm on Cymbalta which is really good for anxiety and doesn't give you weight gain like the others.
In your case I would keep seeing a different dr until you get that script.
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02-10-2015 13:46 #33
I think getting help from a psychiatrist needs to be a priority. I would also suggest you find a GP you are happy with and stick with them, most will be unwilling to prescribe to someone they've only met for 10 minutes.
I've struggled with anxiety and have a wonderful psychiatrist who has put me on medication. She mostly works with adolescents and has an interest in maternal mental health as well. I'm happy to share her details if Brisbane is convenient for you. Her office has heaps of toys and she is great with kids.
Can anyone take DS for a couple hours? Can DH start or finish early to help out? My worry is you will just get sicker and sicker which may result in being admitted. Surely the sacrifice of 1hr a week or fortnight now is better than a week or more in hospital.
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02-10-2015 13:52 #34
Why don't you get a referral to see a psych near your work & go through your lunch break, then you won't have to worry about using your sick leave or paying daycare etc.
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02-10-2015 13:55 #35
Like Harvs said, what's your pay off in letting the speed bumps become insurmountable? You CAN do this.
02-10-2015 14:03 #36
I don't understand why the GP won't prescribe you anti depressants. Some AD work for anxiety. Generally you should be able to get a script for a mild AD to stabilise you until you can see a specialist. Are you asking for a specified drug? Are you explaing your symptoms? GPs generally won't prescribe Xanax or Valium type drugs because they are highly addictive however ADs are pretty easy to get especially if you have seen a GP several times for your anxiety. I really find it odd that a GP would refuse ADs without a good reason. You can always go to your local hospital and tell them you can't cope you should be able to see someone and get some advice/meds.
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I was given diazepam when my son died on an as needed basis. If I were you I'd get a referral to a psychiatrist. They can prescribe medication and are more able to differentiate people who really need it from people who don't. GPs aren't really properly qualified for this.
02-10-2015 14:36 #40
If you had a heart condition or MS you would have seen a dr to get it checked out by now right? Your mental health is just as important as your physical, in some ways moreso.
Drive straight over the speed bumps. See other GP's. Take an afternoon off work to see a Psych. Borrow money or explain to the specialist how bad it has become but how broke you are and ask to be bulk billed or even a bill reduction. See a private Psych then get another referral to a public one and use the former until the appointment for the latter comes up. Use occasional child care for a few hours for your child.
Ultimately it's you that has to make the decision to get the ball rolling.
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