Finding a Psychiatrist in New Jersey
July 13, 2007 11:56 AM Subscribe
The meds the GP gives me don't work. How do I find a psychiatrist who's actually able to see me?
posted by Karmakaze to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been fighting depression all my life. In high school it manifested as mood swings, insomnia and crying jags, but I never got diagnosed until college. I spent a few weeks hospitalized (long enough to learn I don't belong in a mental institution) and wound up on Zoloft and Serzone and seeing a therapist, which worked out moderately well. I had enough trouble with side effects that I moved to Wellbutrin, which was somewhat less effective, but low enough on side effects that I'd actually take it. After some time, both my medical benefits and savings ran out and I stopped both meds and therapy.
With my new job, I have some coverage again, and my General Practitioner put me back on Wellbutrin, because it was the last thing I was on that worked. This spring, though, I've been feeling just wrong. I have a deep feeling of unease and that there's something wrong with me but I don't know what it is. I've started having crying jags again and I flip between sleeping to much and not sleeping. I figure I need a psychiatrist to either adjust the meds or work out what to do instead.
In May, I tried to find a doctor. I went to my insurance website and got a list of doctors on my plan and even called to confirm I'm eligible. According to my insurance plan, any doctor on the list should be able to see me within two weeks. In practice, two of the doctors I called don't take my insurance anymore, most of the rest never answered my voicemails, and the only one that I did hear back from couldn't see me for two months. I gave up.
I prefer a female doctor, but don't insist on it. I also prefer evening or weekend appointments, but I'll use up my vacation time if I have to. At this point, I'll even pay out of pocket for a doctor who's not on my plan. I just need this to stop. I'm in Central Jersey (exact location in my profile). Anyone know a decent shrink in the area? Or how to find someone who'll actually see me?