Need urgent mental health care
March 24, 2014 7:22 PM Subscribe
My wife needs urgent mental health care, but we don't seem to have any good options. Can you offer some advice?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My wife has struggled with depression for most of her adult life and generally manages it well with medication. She's been seeing a GP for her meds, and recently switched drugs because of some side-effects. The new meds aren't working (despite giving them plenty of time), and she's now stuck in a major depressive episode. Not suicidal, but unable to work.
She needs to see somebody ASAP, but the only options we've found are either waiting a month for the first available psychiatrist appointment (via referral from the GP or doctors we've called), or immediately checking into a five-day, 25-hour outpatient program. The month-long wait is out of the question, and the outpatient program seems to be overkill.
Surely, there has to be a middle ground. She has mediocre BCBS insurance, and we're in southeast Tennessee.