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Like the intro says, I'm completely stuck. I have 70% SC depression and have been seeing my social worker for 3 years but we hit a brick wall in treatment. I just had a few deaths in the family that really set off my depression. I've been asking the social worker for help with social anxiety for 3 months, also - but she couldn't do it. I asked her if there was a psychologist available at the VA and she said "there might be one in mid september when they get off rotation but I'm not sure". Can you find out? "I have no way of doing that, I've never done it". This line of questioning seemed to frustrate her.

The patient advocate is literally on vacation. I tried vet center A and they sent me back to the VA. I had my last session with my social worker yesterday when she set me up with vet center B. The therapist at vet center B today tried to get me to use my voc rehab for Dale Carnegie courses! I spent a half hour (half the time) telling him why I don't want to do that. He then asked if I am capable of handling my own money and I have NEVER heard that question. Finally, when I asked him what method he will use for therapy - he said life coaching. I didn't think that was a good idea because I am in crisis and need therapy. He wouldn't have it and I won't be back there. Ever.

I called a few community places but none of them will treat me because I "technically have insurance" - the VA. The first question they ask is "do you have insurance?" I can't lie because my issues are military related and if I get a smart therapist they will put 2 and 2 together. So I can't get treatment at the VA (short of going inpatient) and I can't get treatment outside because of the VA. I called the VA 800 number and can't reach anyone - in fact the automated message just disconnects me and doesn't even let me leave a message. I don't really know what to do and could use some advice. I don't have much money and can't get the the federal building to try that animal.

Thanks

Dante

P.S. Why doesn't the VA understand that there is a whole SPECTRUM of depression before you hit suicidal and that you don't just treat the vets that are suicidal or that have PTSD?? The VA is actually LIMITING my access to care - yet they pay me monthly for a condition they acknowledge? I'm totally stuck.

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Like the intro says, I'm completely stuck. I have 70% SC depression and have been seeing my social worker for 3 years but we hit a brick wall in treatment. I just had a few deaths in the family that really set off my depression. I've been asking the social worker for help with social anxiety for 3 months, also - but she couldn't do it. I asked her if there was a psychologist available at the VA and she said "there might be one in mid september when they get off rotation but I'm not sure". Can you find out? "I have no way of doing that, I've never done it". This line of questioning seemed to frustrate her.

The patient advocate is literally on vacation. I tried vet center A and they sent me back to the VA. I had my last session with my social worker yesterday when she set me up with vet center B. The therapist at vet center B today tried to get me to use my voc rehab for Dale Carnegie courses! I spent a half hour (half the time) telling him why I don't want to do that. He then asked if I am capable of handling my own money and I have NEVER heard that question. Finally, when I asked him what method he will use for therapy - he said life coaching. I didn't think that was a good idea because I am in crisis and need therapy. He wouldn't have it and I won't be back there. Ever.

I called a few community places but none of them will treat me because I "technically have insurance" - the VA. The first question they ask is "do you have insurance?" I can't lie because my issues are military related and if I get a smart therapist they will put 2 and 2 together. So I can't get treatment at the VA (short of going inpatient) and I can't get treatment outside because of the VA. I called the VA 800 number and can't reach anyone - in fact the automated message just disconnects me and doesn't even let me leave a message. I don't really know what to do and could use some advice. I don't have much money and can't get the the federal building to try that animal.

Thanks

Dante

P.S. Why doesn't the VA understand that there is a whole SPECTRUM of depression before you hit suicidal and that you don't just treat the vets that are suicidal or that have PTSD?? The VA is actually LIMITING my access to care - yet they pay me monthly for a condition they acknowledge? I'm totally stuck.

I am sorry to hear about all the run-around. With that said you mention not wanting inpatient treatment, and I'm curious as to why. It might offer you the best avenue to get the care you need. Personally I have given up on the VA for treatment of my SC'd PTSD, I use the vet center and have found it more to my liking. Anyway, there are not many options given your situation, but you might try your local church. The minister might be capable of listening or might know someone who is. You can also just post here at Hadit and you'll get a reply frome someone.

Hope this helps,

Bergie

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With therapy from a social worker I am wondering in you need medication for your SC and who would provide the prescription for it?

I had sort of similiar situation with my husband.

It took getting to the director and even getting my Congressman involved for proper treatment of his PTSD.

WHatever the SC disability is-the VA should provide adequate care.

Have you gone to the Patient's advocate with your concerns?

Many Patient Advocates are really good at helping vets with these issues.

If the PA doesnt help-I suggest you write a letter to the VAMC director- do you mean this specific VAMC does not have any psychologist or psychiatrist at this time?

With 70 % now are you still employed?

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With therapy from a social worker I am wondering in you need medication for your SC and who would provide the prescription for it?

WHatever the SC disability is-the VA should provide adequate care.

Have you gone to the Patient's advocate with your concerns?

VAMC director- do you mean this specific VAMC does not have any psychologist or psychiatrist at this time?

With 70 % now are you still employed?

Hi Berta - No - I have a psychiatrist that prescribes medicince but that is all. There are a ton of psychiatrists running around prescribing meds but if you find a psychologist it is like finding gold. I had to wait 9 months to get a therapist at the VA so I'm guessing they are setting me up for that kind of wait with a Psychologist. I tried to contact the Patient Advocate recently and he/she was on vacation with no replacement - nobody knew for how long . I am not employed but want to start school in September. Apparently they do not have Psychologists until mid-September. Nobody seems to have the real scoop on that either (is there a waiting list?etc)

I can try to see if the patient advocate is off vacation on Monday. If not, I will take your advice and contact the director. I've never had to do that and I'm afraid it will get my social worker in trouble - who has been great. But.....if it is necessary :(

Dante

And to Bergie: If you have ever been inpatient you will understand why. Telling someone that the only mental health option during a crisis is to commit yourself is like using a nuke to light a sparkler. In fact, that would be a sad state of "modern society" if it were true and if it is...hell...I'll write all the way up to Obama about it. Either you offer a mental health option or you don't. Let me put it this way......if you need to be in the hospital - more than likely you can't muster the focus to even type on this board - much less write a letter to congress.

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Can you psychiatrist write you a consult for a psychologist? As far as going inpatient, I've done it, because I've had to and I have no regrets, I needed to be there. You say you are in crisis, I certainly would like you to reconsider inpatient treatment so you can get your crisis situation handled and get them to provide you with follow up appointments with a psychologist. Which VA and Vet Center have you been dealing with in MI? Just curious.

Another word on inpatient, if you are in crisis, you need to be in a safe environment, the inpatient isn't pretty, but it is a safe and they can check your meds and make sure you are getting what you need and the right dosages. I know you don't want to do this, but if you start to fall over the edge it is better to be inpatient. Just my opinion.

Hi Berta - No - I have a psychiatrist that prescribes medicince but that is all. There are a ton of psychiatrists running around prescribing meds but if you find a psychologist it is like finding gold. I had to wait 9 months to get a therapist at the VA so I'm guessing they are setting me up for that kind of wait with a Psychologist. I tried to contact the Patient Advocate recently and he/she was on vacation with no replacement - nobody knew for how long . I am not employed but want to start school in September. Apparently they do not have Psychologists until mid-September. Nobody seems to have the real scoop on that either (is there a waiting list?etc)

I can try to see if the patient advocate is off vacation on Monday. If not, I will take your advice and contact the director. I've never had to do that and I'm afraid it will get my social worker in trouble - who has been great. But.....if it is necessary :(

Dante

And to Bergie: If you have ever been inpatient you will understand why. Telling someone that the only mental health option during a crisis is to commit yourself is like using a nuke to light a sparkler. In fact, that would be a sad state of "modern society" if it were true and if it is...hell...I'll write all the way up to Obama about it. Either you offer a mental health option or you don't. Let me put it this way......if you need to be in the hospital - more than likely you can't muster the focus to even type on this board - much less write a letter to congress.

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