said by DKS: said by Rifleman:
Glad to hear things worked out.
I saw a psychiatrist last week for the second time in 3 months. He was pissed I didn't take the Seroquil he prescribed----and more or less said he said he see's people in worse condition either make it or kill themselves---if I didn't want to take his "professional" advice" and take serious meds based on a 1/2 hour visit---why was I there to see him?
He and the rest of that side of the profession can go f@@k themselves. I got better advice when I used to drink in a bar for the cost of a beer.
Heading south soon. Good Luck to the OP
If you don't want to take the meds, give the doctor a reason for not taking them. Don't tell him to go f himself. Anti-depressants are trial and error. Mostly trial. And self-medication (beer, hard liquor, oxy) doesn't work, either.
I have a co morbid mental health condition with bi-polar as the secondary dx. I know of medication issues well, nearly went to court over it once too.
I lack a liver enzyme thats used in the metabolic pathway of most mood stabilizers. Essentially it means taking them (even at minimum dosage) gets me violently ill (expunging bile) because of toxic byproducts. I am also 3 times as sensitive to all of the medication in those categories compared to most people (you should see my toxic dosage levels) so I suffer much more magnified side effects.
Ive been to 5 different psychiatrists down here in Windsor over 10 years plus a 3rd party mental health agency that I got into a huge dispute with. There are no provincially funded therapists whatsoever here only pill pushers and not one of them actually believes my situation in any way because of traditions in psychiatry.
The ones that do actually start to dig into my file properly usually wash their hands and walk away from the case.
The only medical professional that does belive me and is still working with me is my family doctor. They are now managing my medication while respecting my quality of life (as best it can be).
Though he himself told me there is pretty much nil support nationwide (that he knows of) for such a thing beyond medication from a willing
provincially covered Psychiatrist (pill pusher).
Kudos to op though for finding what they needed to be on the path to recovery. Its a lifelong struggle but its good to find things to keep helping you move forward. Having the proper support socially and professionally is a huge chunk of achieving stability as that is what you base your own behavioral changes off of.
The country as a whole needs much better investment in mental health because the funding as it is now leads to massive regional disparities and huge gaps in care. Waiting lists down here run well over a year for a first visit and the ERs are over crowded with "crisis cases" and repeat involuntary commitments.
With social service programs no longer providing assistance with inter-regional medical transportation and mandatory workforce participation comming it can only get worse.