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Unread 09-23-2013, 08:59 PM   #1
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I saw a psychologist for several months but found he had a lot to say but not a lot of direction for me.

My primary issue is G.A.D., but with Dysthymia (chronic low-level depression) too, complicated by ADHD and physical problems including Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, some arthritis, and just plain pain.

After stopping with the first guy, I've called a couple of other practices since I don't really have a good reference to someone specific. Plus, I'd like access to a neuropsychologist to see if autoimmune diseases and pain might be affecting my head (they can).

One place said, "We don't have anyone that does that, bye." (WTF)! Another place hasn't returned my online inquiry or phone call.

How the hell can psychotherapy offices be so bad at contacting potential patients? For crissakes, it takes me a load of energy just to get the motivation to call in the first place!
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Unread 09-23-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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I personally can't offer much guidance because I've only ever been to a college counseling center. But wow, it sounds like that practice was kind of rude. They should have at least did their best to refer you to a place that may be able to help!
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Most places honestly you have to walk in to get anyone's attention. It's kind of like turning in job applications. Most places that accept insurance have a 2 month waiting list. look into county mental health or look in you insurance member site for a list of psychologists that your insurance covers. You can call your member info # too. Worst comes to worse use google and start cold calling.
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If you can find a place with a neuropsychologist, don't necessarily ask to see that person first. Get into the system initially with a therapist, and then get an internal referral to the neuropsychologist. It might work. It can be hard to see the specialists without first being part of the system.
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Just the way it is unfortunately. Keep calling, eventually you will find one to take you.
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In my opinion, if pain is a presenting symptom then that needs to be attended to first. It just makes everything else worse. Maybe a pain clinic might be an alternative for you.

Good pain clinics can help you manage your pain, and also provide a comprehensive approach to pain - including referrals to psychotherapists who understand pain and the things that make it worse.

Starting with a primary care physician might be a way to get you hooked up into a pain clinic.
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[quote=1Buster;3297770]I saw a psychologist for several months but found he had a lot to say but not a lot of direction for me.


Well isn't that the truth! They all seem to have a lot to say but not much to actually help you. I am starting to think therapy is making me worse and it is all a farse.
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