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Experience:  Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology with a background in treating severe mental illnesses.
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I have suffered from depression on and off since I was 15 (I'm

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I have suffered from depression on and off since I was 15 (I'm 31 now). I can tell I'm worse now than I have ever been. I do not have insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid. I have 3 kids, ages 6, 4, & 2 who need to have a high functioning mommy. I'm scared for the role model I am for them at this point. To be honest, I can slap a smile on my face for friends or family to make it seem like I'm alright. But I'm not. How can I get the help I need without breaking the bank?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.
*This website DOES NOT constitute treatment and only provides information and advice. For treatment (therapy and/or medications) you must go to a licensed professional in your area. Please note that anything said here is not private or confidential, as this is a public forum.
Hello, I believe I may be able to help you with your concern. I am very sorry that your depression has worsened recently, I can understand how distressing this can be for you. There are a few options you can look into for treatment. One is that you can go to your county community behavioral health center as these places provide treatment to anyone even if they do not have insurance. There are also fee mental health clinics throughout the country that you can look to for treatment. Here is a good website where you can put your zip code in and find free or low cost clinics near you (you will have to narrow down your search manually to just mental health/behavioral health):
http://www.needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf
In addition, for prescription medications there are a number of prescription drug programs that can be provided for you to help you with the cost of these medications, even possibly making them free for you:
https://www.pparx.org/
https://www.rxhope.com/
http://www.needymeds.org/
https://www.rxhope.com/
I hope this answers your questions and gives you some guidance on this issue. I wish you all the best and I truly hope that you will be able to find affordable mental health treatment very soon.
My goal is to provide you with excellent service, so if you ever have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime. If I answered your question satisfactorily I would very much appreciate if you could rate my performance in helping you so that I can get credit for this question. Thank you very much
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there anything that I can do for home to help me feel better? I am not opposed to medications, but would like to try a more homeopathic way, if possible. My body doesn't react well to any sort of medication. I was on meds in my late teens and they didn't help at all, they almost made me worse.
I am not suicidal by any means, but thoughts of death consume my mind. And I don't know if it's because I have kids, or just part of the depression. It scares me!
Thank you for your insight on behavioral health centers, I will definitely be checking into them first thing in the morning.
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.
I can definitely recommend a couple natural supplements that you can consider, but I want to let you know that these natural supplements are more for mild to moderate depression, so if you have a severe form of depression it may not be effective for you and medications may have to be introduced. The two best natural supplements to lessen depressive symptoms are St. Johns Wort and Omega-3, and both can be combined. In addition, I would also like to recommend a book that is uses a form of therapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT has a premise that your symptoms are caused by negative thoughts, so if we change your thought process to be more positive and objective, then your symptoms will lessen as well. CBT is considered the most effective and evidence based form of therapy in the world and is very effective in treating depressive symptoms. Here is the book that you can use which contains many techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life:
"Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" by David Burns
http://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Good-New-Mood-Therapy/dp/0380810336/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432781514&sr=8-1&keywords=feeling+good
My goal is to provide you with excellent service, so if you ever have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime. If I answered your question satisfactorily I would very much appreciate if you could rate my performance in helping you so that I can get credit for this question. Thank you very much

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