Depressed and uninsured. What now?
January 29, 2007 11:31 AM Subscribe
I've finally acknowledged that I'm pretty seriously depressed. I don't have insurance and live in San Francisco. What should I do?
posted by mostlymartha to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
After a tough weekend, I’m willing to (finally) admit that I’m depressed. I have been for at least a year, but that year was so filled with external difficulties that I was able to blame all the bad feelings on what was going on outside to avoid dealing with what was going on inside. I mean, my abusive, alcoholic father died, my fiance and I both spent a significant period of time unemployed (which led to some very scary, no money for food-type financial problems), and there have been some almost hilarious, Southern Gothic extended family issues. Those things are starting to resolve, but I’m feeling worse rather than better.
I have a history of anxiety and depression, so I don’t know why I’ve been so reluctant to call this particular emotional spade a spade. The last time I felt this bad was during my senior year in high school when I had a nice little nervous breakdown that almost resulted in hospitalization. I feel myself nearing that point again and I’d certainly like to avoid it.
When this happened in the past, I had insurance to pay for meds and counseling. Now I don’t and I don’t even know where to start looking for the help I know I need. I’m scared that this cycle of depression and panic attacks is going to take over my life again. What now? I live in San Francisco. What kind of resources are there and where do I start?