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my insurance doesn't cover seeing a psychologist

I'm a student and while I do have insurance, it barely covers anything, and it does not cover seeing a psychologist. I'm pretty sure I have SAD and would really like to see someone, but I can't afford to pay for sessions. Any ideas for what I can do for now? I still have a few years of college left before I can get a job with decent health insurance.

Do books/tapes help at all?

Any ideas would be great. Thanks.
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I've never been able to afford professional help either. But you know what? You don't need it.

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set your priorities straight. make sure you keep balance in life. Don't forget to do the things you enjoy. Write down a list of things that are important in your life. Where u find that it's lacking pick up the slack. Whatever you do don't let anything get in the way of being yourself and where u wanna go in life.

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Right now I don't have insurance but I can see my therapist free with the country. Check your local county programs or look in the yellow pages. You may have some free services you don't know about.
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I'm seeing a therapist for the first time on the 30th. Are therapists able to write prescriptions or is that only psychiatrists?

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I'm seeing a therapist for the first time on the 30th. Are therapists able to write prescriptions or is that only psychiatrists?
im pretty sure only psychiatrists and doctors can prescribe medication. i went to my doctor about it a few weeks ago and he prescibed me wellbutrin and recommended that i go see a therapist. i think talking to your doctor is the best way if you think medication will help. my doctor was pretty undrerstanding and he actually asked me what i wanted to try(i chose wellbutrin).
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Some psychologists can write prescriptions if they have a degree in psychopharmacology. It's best to assume that your therapist can't, because most don't have this degree.
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your school may have services...my school does......though i see a therapist in a different clinic......i dont know but i hope there's a way you could still get services........
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re: my insurance doesn't cover seeing a psychologist

When you say you are a student, do you mean college? When I was at one large public university ( U of MD), I saw a psychologist and Psychiatrist there. All their health services were provided for a low price. Mine was $10 per visit. I am sure not all colleges have the same services, but a lot do. That was the last time I went anywhere or tried meds, almost 5 years ago.

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You should be able to qualify at your local community mental health facility.
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Originally Posted by "Strange Religion":cb82d
I'm seeing a therapist for the first time on the 30th. Are therapists able to write prescriptions or is that only psychiatrists?
im pretty sure only psychiatrists and doctors can prescribe medication. i went to my doctor about it a few weeks ago and he prescibed me wellbutrin and recommended that i go see a therapist. i think talking to your doctor is the best way if you think medication will help. my doctor was pretty undrerstanding and he actually asked me what i wanted to try(i chose wellbutrin).[/quote:cb82d]

Thanks, I figured I should see a doctor first. I did years ago, but all she did was recommend talk therapy. I was passive and shy. It was hard for me to express the way I really feel. Next time around I'll make sure I write all my feelings down and really talk it over with my doctor and ask for meds. I don't want to go to a therapist first, especially if I can't get a prescription.

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Though I'm beyond belief
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Just to exist at all
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