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how do you find a new doctor if you haven't had one in 5 years?

Haven't had doc in 5 years i'm 21 and think i need antidepressants i just got insurance in Sept.. I don't wanna seem like a drug seeker but i'm at a breaking point

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:19 AM on May. 7, 2009 in Health

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  • I'd suggest going to a "primary care physician" or a "general practitioner" first before going to a psychiatrist. This way you establish a regular doctor for yourself and a lot of psychological problems with the need for medication can be handled by a GP (aka "PCP). That way you're also not exhausting any bennefits you might have for a specialist. Your new GP can let you know if you need to see a specialist. The co-pay for your GP should be cheaper than going to a specialist as well.

    Good luck!
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:45 PM on May. 7, 2009

  • Call your insurance company and ask what doctors are in-network under your insurance then call and make an appointment.

    If you want to see a counselor, your insurance will tell you how many sessions you qualify for.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:22 AM on May. 7, 2009

  • go to your insurance web site and search doc in your area that take you r insurance
    mommymeg03

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 11:32 AM on May. 7, 2009

  • You can find a doctor through your insurance company. You can also call the local doctors that you have heard of (maybe you've heard some good things about certain doctors in your area) and ask them if they accept your insurance. If you're not sure about the doctors in your area, you can call the customer service # on the back of your insurance card and ask the rep for the highest rated doctor as reported by other patients that carry your insurance.

    All you need to say is that you are a healthy person that hasn't needed the help of a doctor in the past couple of years but lately you're dealing with some Depression issues that you can no longer shake on your own. You are there for the doctor's guidance. They will have no problem with that. It isn't as if you're calling 10 doctors at once begging for narcotics or something like that lol. They're NOT going to label you as a seeker by inquiring about anti-depressants.
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:43 PM on May. 7, 2009

  • I can say first hand that pills dont help,they havent helped my mom or sister it just made them worse,please save yourself the hastle dont get on pills. Change your lifestyle and the way you eat exercise,walk,ride a bike,swim,do yoga, pilates,get a hobby.
    MarGeee

    Answer by MarGeee at 1:02 PM on May. 7, 2009