If all you want is an SSRI and you're in a really tight financial situation, I'm sure you could even get this prescribed at a free clinic...
Excellent idea. They may even have free med samples.
As for your mention of MAOIs, my GP wanted to try me on Nardil 6 years ago. I asked him how many MAOI patients he'd ever had. His answer was zero, a number that fails to inspire confidence. And I don't think he would have wanted to touch an MAOI if not for having a psychiatrist/neurologist friend who'd advise him on using it. It was that friend of his who referred me to this GP after I completed a clinical trial at a clinic run by this psychiatrist/neurologist.
The meds themselves can be costly, but most popular SSRIs are available in generic AND you may be able to fill your script for $4 at either Wal-Mart or Target
I believe Celexa, Paxil, and Prozac generics are all part of that $4 a month program (or $10 for 90 days). Dirt cheap if you want any of those SSRIs.
My own prescription costs are $33 a month for generic Xanax at a sky high dosage of 300 mg per month, an amount that no GP would dare to touch. Just picked up my dextroamphetamine 10 mg x 120 pills for $40 yesterday, another drug no GP would dare to touch for my issue of treatment resistant depression.
My GP who I refer to as Dr. Dumbass (not to his face) had an obsession with giving me antipsychotics & mood stabilizers, even though he fully acknowledges that I'm not bipolar. In fact, I rather doubt you could find anyone further removed from mania than me. He'd like to throw the entire pharmacy at me, minus any controlled drugs.