Oh jeez. A month ago I tried and succeeded in coming off my simple little antidepressant, and a hospitalization and outpatient visits later I’m now on more meds than I ever have!
I’m sure this is nothing to those who take a daily cocktail of stuff, but I’ve always been against chemicals and medication and rarely ever even take a painkiller, so I’m really hesitant to believe in drugs or want to take them.
I saw a psychiatrist at the outpatient mental health center where I was referred to after I got out of the hospital, and to be fair, they’ve generally been wonderful to me so far!
I really like that they’re a nonprofit, and people who work there seem to really care. Can’t say the same about my for-profit Primary Care Physician!
I took my husband M with me – I think I’d like him to know what’s going on with me, and for him to fill in the gaps when I’m unable to say something.
Brief consultation later, I got a prescription renewal for Venlafaxine (Effexor) and he also prescribed something random “for my nightmares” (I don’t think I have nightmares, I mean he asked and I said I have vivid dreams, but I kind of like my vivid dreams..).
Seroquel? Ring a bell, anyone?
Google search later it seems that it’s an antipsychotic medication and I’m REALLY not sure I need it…Or want to take it for that matter!
Anyone has any insights or advice or experience of it?
Not only is all this confusing and possibly, I dunno, pointless, but it’s also costly as fuck. We won’t have insurance now that M has quit his job (although we’re trying to purchase an “Obamacare” plan on the Healthcare.gov website as Cobra would be about a grand a month to keep our current insurance!!!) and these meds are hundreds a month…
I gotta go back tomorrow morning for bloodwork and will see the doctor next month again – in a way I do feel that he took me seriously, more seriously than any doctor before, and I appreciate it.
He kept saying I need therapy, and I felt good about it. It’s like, he actually cared.
So I’m okay. Better, maybe. Not wanting to take the meds, but it’s okay, maybe I’ll try it for a month and see how it goes….