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My Dr. suggested I see a Psychiatrist because I am having a

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My Dr. suggested I see a Psychiatrist because I am having a problem with my meds and my depression meds.               I have been taking Hydro for my back(3 to 4 pills a day) that I have had two surgeries on, meds for High Blood Pressure and meds for my blood sugar.   I have been taking extra meds just because I am so depressed. I take two cymbalta a day.   But, I am so up and down.   I act really stupid sometimes on the hydro and I am a HS teacher. I am afraid I am going to get fired.   My Wife thinks I should see a dr about my weight and then I will be able to get off of so much medicine.   I do not know what kind of dr. to see. I tried to get into a psychist last week but they said they were not taking anymore patience until next year. I am at a loss.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Age: 53; Male, Texas


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Expert:  FamilyPhysician replied 6 years ago.
How long have you been taking the hydrocodone?

When did you become "depressed"?

You mentioned that you had increased the hydrocodone - Why?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I have taken it for about 2 years now. It increased after the second surgery. I have always had a little problem with depression but it has gotten a lot worse.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Oh, I was taking about 6 last year and I have gotten down to about 3 sometimes 4. but lately I want to take more of everything. I am taking shots for my dibetes. sometimes I give myself way too much. I am slowly gaining weight also.
Expert:  FamilyPhysician replied 6 years ago.
Unfortunately, none of the experts here would have access to the specific details about individual psychiatrists policy on accepting new patients.

Since you are having problems locating a psychiatrist who is accepting patients, you may want to consider the option of seeking treatment through a pain management clinic. Chronic use of opiate pain medications can cause and/or contribute to depression. A pain clinic would be your best approach to dealing with a contributing factor.

Also, generally - I tend to refer my patients to psychologists who treat depression and other mental health issues with counseling rather than medication. Many pain clinics have a multi-disciplinary approach with physicians, psychologists, alternative health practitioners (acupuncture, massage, yoga etc).

Your insurance company would also be a source of a list of participating psychiatrists and/or psychologists in your area.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I went to a pain managment person and they just wanted to give shoots in the back. And I felt like they just wanted the money. I am still paying for a shot I had 6 months ago. Do you think getting off of the pain meds would be the best thing?
Expert:  FamilyPhysician replied 6 years ago.
Without a complete medical history and a physical examination - it would be impossible to determine the "best thing" for you current situation. Even your personal physician who examined you felt that you needed to see (in person) a specialist.

Your insurance company could give you a referral list OR you could contact the local mental health clinic would be your other option.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
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