Help me get help
February 8, 2013 7:25 AM Subscribe
How do I start getting treatment for my mental health problems, specifically, in Austin, TX?
posted by hrj to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hi -- this question has been asked in some variations in the past, but I'm a special snowflake.
I've struggled with ADHD and anxiety and probably depression for as long as I can remember. I was diagnosed with ADD is a kid, but was the outlier who was a high performer in school (but I had to devote so much time to get everything done with all of my distractions and hyperfocus).
After a conversation with my husband a few months ago, where he effectively told me he didn't want to be married to me anymore, I realized that I am not in control of these problems as much as I thought. I spent most of the second half of 2012 unemployed and depressed, which my husband took as lazy, and compounded the problems in our marriage. We are trying to work on things, but it isn't going so well, and I'm trying to preempt the fall out if the marriage ends, which would not be my choice (but that's probably a whole other question here)
After reading a lot on the green, and in other places, I want to try medication to see if that will help me as these are long term chronic issues for me. How do I get started?
I just went to the GYN for the first time since moving to Austin, and tried to bring up my anxiety and depression, and was told to start working out. I do not have a primary care physcian.
Do I just call up a psychiatrist? I found one who can take me on as a new patient and manage meds -- but he doesn't take insurance. Is this normal? I don't mind paying, but I don't know if that should be a red flag.
Do I just ask for medication? Do I start with a therapist, and get referred?
I appreciate any help anyone can offer, and any specific recommendations in Austin especially.