You ask an excellent question. I supplement the medication with therapy or at least I try to. The agency where I have been getting individual therapy is ending their long-term services and only providing acute services because of reimbursement rates by insurance companies. They just made this announcement a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t located a new therapist yet. So far everyone I have tried is not taking new clients.
Let me tell you what happened when I overdosed in August. My husband found me. He rushed me to the emergency room. I woke up the next day with an IV in my arm, and an enormous bruise where it was inserted. I was in the psychiatric emergency room. They were trying to decide whether to admit me or not.
I said it was not necessary. The doctors and my husband were going to commit me anyway. I kept insisting I needed to be at home. My husband said he could keep me safe at home. So they discharged me. I am frankly surprised I got away with not being put into inpatient services. Again. I have avoided them time and again.
The arrangement was supposed to be that I come back for one month of intensive group therapy. But I can’t sit for more than an hour or so at a time. So this was never going to work for me. I pursued trying to get into an intensive chronic pain program which would have taught me techniques for managing the chronic pain and depression. My insurance wouldn’t pay for the program. There is another chronic pain program I may be able to get into, but I need to find the number to call them.
Both setting up the chronic pain program and the new therapist are on my “to-do” list for the new year. But three of the medications are not for mental health. They are for migraines (prevention and treatment). One of the medications is for an endocrine disorder. Two of them are for fibromyalgia. All of the disorders have links to the environment. Stress is a known contributing factor.