Don't worry for a depressed person I take bad news fairly well I am interested in the combination therapy mainly because both my dopamine and seretonin levels were both messed up by past drug use. Inhibiting the reuptake of one or the other is good but feels incomplete. I will definately try to get the time to see a doctor as soon as possible. I'm not sure if you can answer this because I assume you're not local to my location in Az...but do you know of any clinics or facilites that can see people on weekends or evenings?
That would be awesome :) I'm in Gilbert, Arizona. Also, I have one question on Zoloft. I have heard that many SSRI antidepressants contain fluoride or fluorine. I try to avoid too much fluoride (weird tick for someone of my background) lol But I think I have heard that Zoloft does not contain any. If you're able to confirm that I'd appreciate it. That's all the questions, I promise!
It seems that some people think that Prozac contains Fluoride. It has a fluoride molecule combined with another molecule:
but the fluoride does not become available when you take it. And if it did (it doesn't ) it would not be in an amount beyond what is in the natural environment (not even as much as what is put in water in some areas) But again, the fluoride molecule does not become 'free' even in Prozac and isn't even part of sertraline (Zoloft) at all.
I found some contacts for you to hopefully find a flexible doctor. It might take a couple of phone calls, but it will be worth it in the long run:
The University of Arizona in Tuscon has a Medical school with a Psychiatry department. On their web page they have also a phone number listed for appointments. I realize that it appears that doctors affiliated with this school may be too far away from you, but you could still call in case some of the doctors that are doing their residency (see patients) closer to you or they might be able to refer you doctors who have finished residency in the last few years that are in a location more convenient. Residents/interns have completed medical school, and some clinical and theoretical studies in psychiatry and see patients but are supervised by another psychiatrist – this is actually a good thing – they will be up to date on the most current treatments, plus are being monitored and they discuss their cases, esp. difficult cases and get input from several doctors). http://psychiatry.arizona.edu/
Next, I found the psychiatry department of St. Josephs Hospital which is in Phoenix, AZ and it is University based, so this may be better for you as far as location and getting a doctor to see you that is flexible and up to date on treatments for depression. They have pics of the docs, and they all look young. (of course not all older docs are bad... but at least at a university based center you will know that they are up to date on things:
Also, here is a link to just a general list of Psychiatrist near Gilbert, AZ. I know nothing about these doctors, but most have their years of experience and a few other details. If the above doesn't work out to be convenient, you could use this list to call some doctors in your area to see if you can find one with flexible hours that will work with you.