Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8 Posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3700 times:
Ok, so I'll probably be mocked for asking this, but:
Anyone have suggestions for finding a decent shrink?
Before I moved to Ohio (about 3.5 years ago) I was seeing a psychologist (LCSW) and psychiatrist that I was initially "dragged" to by my dad as part of his remarriage. While I initially resisted, I actually found it quite beneficial after several weeks and a ADHD and General Anxiety diagnosis that explained quite a lot and really helped [my only "A" in college from a professor I wasn't buddy-buddy with came while I was on medication...When I got that grade I realized how much better things had gotten].
Anyway, I moved to Ohio to pick up a job that I love, let the prescription lapse (and apparently the psychiatrist fell off the face of the earth), and have been cruising along for the past few years...
But lately some events have happened and I'm thinking that I should see someone... I've been feeling a little...um... unbalanced? I guess. I don't want to call it depression, but it comes kind of close... like I'm not really in control. Plus I'm having an extraordinarily difficult time keeping myself focused, I'm letting things slip through the cracks that normally wouldn't, etc., etc., etc.
How does one find a decent shrink these days? I found my ophthalmologist by asking my boss, but I don't think any of my coworkers are mentally unsound (how many people can say that?)... plus I think sharing a mental health professional could be a bit more awkward than sharing an eye doc.
I'm in Cleveland, Ohio which certainly has it's share of physical health groups (MetroHealth, The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, etc.) but I'm not even sure where to begin for mental health, and grabbing the yellow pages seems like a bad start.
Ok enough rambling -- and any and all responses (even those that mock me for asking here) are appreciated
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StasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3289 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3687 times:
Try to find out first what your mental-health benefits your specific plan offers - some plans have limited or no provisions for mental health care. Your group insurance benefits may also require that you have a referral from your primary-care doctor, especially if you're covered by an HMO, POS, PPO or other type of managed care plan.
I'd recommend that you talk directly with your primary care doctor if you're unsure about mental health providers. And I wish you all the best!
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Phoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3678 times:
Quoting Lincoln (Thread starter): I don't want to call it depression, but it comes kind of close... like I'm not really in control. Plus I'm having an extraordinarily difficult time keeping myself focused, I'm letting things slip through the cracks that normally wouldn't, etc., etc., etc.
First I would say that you shouldn't care what others think about 'mocking'. The people who mock have no idea how it is to be under such a situation...so just ignore it. If you need help...you need help, no other way about it and no one has a right to mock you regarding that.
As you mention about people being mentally unsound....it is far far more common that people realize....albeit...'mentally unsound' is probably not the right term (mental disorder is rather more commonly used).
As for finding a good psychiatrist, first see your family doctor. They probably can recommend somone good who they send their patients to. However, if you go to that person and not satisfied, you are all within your rights to change or ask for another psychiatrist. As for the names you have mentioned, try to find a university/hospital affiliated doc...if not then I know Cleavland clinic has some very good ones (I work in mental health field and actually collaborate with somebody from Cleavland clinic).
The symptoms you are describing, it may not be depression if you are not feeling down and out of energy...but relapse of ADHD (adult ADHD is quite common). BUT...your doctor will be the best judge since he/she can evaluate you properly.
PS: you can PM me if you want to discuss more.
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Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3674 times:
Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 1): Try to find out first what your mental-health benefits your specific plan offers - some plans have limited or no provisions for mental health care.
I need to check on that, my understanding from our last benefits meeting is that anything from anyone with a license is covered, but the in network copay is like half of the out-of-network copay.
Ultimately, though, having seen the benefit before, if it means paying out of pocket it's worth it. The last thing I want to do is let insurance steer my choice of professional.
Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 1): I'd recommend that you talk directly with your primary care doctor if you're unsure about mental health providers.
Yeah... I probably should have mentioned I don't have one of those. My mom has always been "anti-established medicine", and I tend to take after her for better or worse -- I haven't had a reason to visit a GP since I moved to Ohio so I haven't found one. Vision and Dental are the only services I've used.