Today, March 7, 2022, is the 10th anniversary of my bipolar diagnosis. In some ways it seems like it was only yesterday that I heard the words proclaiming the nature of my “nonconformity”, but in others I feel like I’ve lived the longer part of my life with it. As indeed I have; I wasContinue reading “Ten Years”
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Good-bye, Dr. Goodenough
Yes, you read that right—I am now between psychiatrists. Dear Dr. G. did exactly what I’ve been dreading since I first saw him four years ago, and retired. My last telephone visit was on Tuesday and I’m already missing him, even though I was never as close to him as I was with Dr. Awesomesauce.Continue reading “Good-bye, Dr. Goodenough”
I have been putting this off for weeks, fearing the worst, but I finally called Dr. Awesomesauce’s office today to find out if they accept Medicaid (which is the health insurance program for the poor). At first the receptionist told me they aren’t contracted with Medicaid, but then she asked me if I was withContinue reading “Great News!”
Farewell, Dr. Awesomesauce?
Yes, that’s right—thanks to my new status as a lowly Medicaid patient, it looks like I’m going to have to get all my mental health care from the county. To say I’m sick about it is an understatement; Dr. Awesomesauce has seen me through crisis after crisis and been my port in the storm thatContinue reading “Farewell, Dr. Awesomesauce?”
(Just Like) Starting Over
Just like I figured, Dr. Awesomesauce did not judge or get upset with me for screwing up with the pills last Sunday night. He was disappointed, but only because he knows how proud I was of staying sober for so long. As he reminded me, it’s a conscious choice EVERY DAY to not drink/use, andContinue reading “(Just Like) Starting Over”
Ahhhh….it really HAS been too long since I last saw my psychiatrist. Chatting with him may cost me an arm and a leg, but damned if it doesn’t make for an interesting morning! Naturally, I had to get my “confession” out of the way early on so I could kick back in the new comfortableContinue reading “PsychoSocial”
Pledges and Seashells and Meds, Oh My!
As I may have mentioned before, my psychiatrist is a kick in the pants, and yesterday’s session was so full of fascinating discussions that I could probably write several posts on just this one visit alone. However, in the interest of not boring my readership to death, I’ll stick to the highlights…..after all, nobody butContinue reading “Pledges and Seashells and Meds, Oh My!”
And now, the down-and-dirty on my psychiatrist. Let me be clear: I did NOT go to my first appointment willingly. I went because my primary care physician thought I had something more serious than he could handle, wasn’t going to prescribe yet another type of antidepressant for me, and referred me for a psych evaluation.Continue reading “Shrink Wrapped”