Good morning. I am a 59 year old woman. I grew up with 10 brothers and sisters - we were all very close and remained that way even though we lost our parents quite young (dad was 62 when he died, mom 72). I was married and divorced, then married again and had a child at 36 years old. After 2 miscarriages, my 2nd marriage ended and I raised my son myself. I did
a good job, worked hard full-time, got raises and promotions, got a degree in night school and my son and I are very close. At 58 years old, to make a long story short, I got a D.U.I. It was stupid and shouldn't have happened - many details regarding that. I had to go to jail at Montgomery County. Now I have very bad anxiety
, PTSD, I don't want to be around large groups of people having fun. I have no job. My son is still in college. He and 2 friends rent my home, I live with my boyfriend - Thank God! for him. He is a gem. I have no job. Cannot qualify for Obamacare or Medicaid. Had a bad fall so now I also have a law suit (had costochondritis, torn meniscus in L knee, fx L wrist, etc). I've applied for Soc Sec Dis but you know how long that takes. I have no money and cannot find a way to pay off my old credit card bills etc. I also think I could use to talk to a therapist but..... No $$$$. Any suggestions?
JA: How long have you been dealing with this? Is there anything in particular that seems to make the symptoms better or worse?
Customer: I got out of 45 days in jail on Feb 21. I was okay at first just to be out. Then I realized that, despite how well people knew me, everyone was treating me like a terrible drug addict or something. The falldown was April 14 and I see a physical therapy on a letter of protection from my lawyer. But my regular doctor is $75 so I cannot visit him any longer because I am broke. Which also means I can no longer get the Diazepam for the anxiety. I feel most anxious on Sunday nights/Monday mornings because I know that I now have to find things to do by myself for 5 days. Luckily I am a strong person but..... I do see my son but he works full-time and still goes to college so he is very busy and I only see him maybe every 6 to 8 weeks which makes me sad
. But I raised him alone and I have to say - he is a gem of a person! Well liked, very responsible, very kind.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the psychologist should know?
Customer: When I was 21 years old I was in a very bad car accident. The doctors said I would not live through the night. I smashed my face in - had to re-build my nose, 25 stitches around my R eye, broke 2 bones in my neck C2 and C5, broke all ribs and crushed my larynx. I did live, obviously, but it took 2 years and 7 operations on my throat. They said I would never talk again and never breathe w/o a trach - however I do talk (raspy) and do not need a trach. I sometimes have PTSD dreams about that as well, perhaps if I was talking about it that day. (sometimes people ask me about my voice and blah blah blah