Health Depression

Remove this Banner Ad

Electronic_Renaissance

I ain't sayin' nothin'!
Mar 25, 2021
2,299
4,442
Omnipresent
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Las Vegas Bears
I’m going to start doing EMDR next week with my psychologist. I’ll let you know how it goes
I had to look that up as I have never heard of it before. So you need to recall images from your own life? I can't really say I have any myself.

Also, I read an article that TMS is now covered by Medicare. I mentioned it to my psychiatrist and he said it was basically a ruse. You get a set number of treatments FOR LIFE. After that you have to pay. You have to go in six days a week for a couple of weeks. If it works, great! But Medicare won't cover the rest. It is a constant thing you need. Not a cure.

He said it wasn't for me and I agreed. He has had around 10 patients who have had it and it worked for just one. Placebo effect? I don't know but it could be.
 

western royboy

Brownlow Medallist
Sep 30, 2008
11,131
12,265
Western Victoria
AFL Club
Brisbane Lions
Other Teams
Chelsea
I had to look that up as I have never heard of it before. So you need to recall images from your own life? I can't really say I have any myself.

Also, I read an article that TMS is now covered by Medicare. I mentioned it to my psychiatrist and he said it was basically a ruse. You get a set number of treatments FOR LIFE. After that you have to pay. You have to go in six days a week for a couple of weeks. If it works, great! But Medicare won't cover the rest. It is a constant thing you need. Not a cure.

He said it wasn't for me and I agreed. He has had around 10 patients who have had it and it worked for just one. Placebo effect? I don't know but it could be.
look up the use of ecstasy in a controlled environment - it is allegedly a curev
 

Log in to remove this ad.

Caesar

Ex-Huckleberry
Mar 3, 2005
27,349
13,153
Tombstone, AZ
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Q. are ppl seeing their doctors in person?

Got a text last night saying mine was via phone. A little... not ticked off. Less than that.
In my experience most doctors will schedule telehealth as a default for follow-up appointments, but won’t push back if the patient insists on face-to-face

I would expect this to continue for as long as telehealth remains on the MBS (currently til the end of December)
 

Electronic_Renaissance

I ain't sayin' nothin'!
Mar 25, 2021
2,299
4,442
Omnipresent
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Las Vegas Bears
Q. are ppl seeing their doctors in person?

Got a text last night saying mine was via phone. A little... not ticked off. Less than that.
I've always done face to face, always will. I had to rechedule an appointment recently as I was sick, they offered a phone one but I said no. It just doesn't feel right (to me). How do you get any scripts? I suppose they post them out. I still don't like it, plus the Dr can't read your body language etc.

If you a have a phone appointment you have a slot booked so I can't see why you can't just change it to a face to face one.

Could it be some COVID thing?
 

Shell

Premium Platinum
Jul 2, 2005
165,495
96,610
Melbourne
AFL Club
Geelong
I've always done face to face, always will. I had to rechedule an appointment recently as I was sick, they offered a phone one but I said no. It just doesn't feel right (to me). How do you get any scripts? I suppose they post them out. I still don't like it, plus the Dr can't read your body language etc.

If you a have a phone appointment you have a slot booked so I can't see why you can't just change it to a face to face one.

Could it be some COVID thing?
I get my scripts txt msgd to me. No muss no fuss
 

Electronic_Renaissance

I ain't sayin' nothin'!
Mar 25, 2021
2,299
4,442
Omnipresent
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Las Vegas Bears
I like phone bookings, as my doc seems to always be running exceptionally late
I hate that, it is unprofessional as well. Luckily I've never had that problem with specialists, just GPs.

One local GP can sometimes be running an HOUR late. I used to ring them up beforehand to see how far behind they were. Saves time sitting in a filthy waiting room. I know things can happen, but jeez, they book appointments every 10min and can never keep up with it.

I have since changed GPs and couldn't be happier. Though I rarely see them as I have an indefinite referral to a psychiatrist.

What sort of person are people seeing? Psychiatrist, psychologist, GP, some sort of counsellor?

I'll say this, if you aren't happy just change. You are the customer. I stuck with a psychiatrist for a while who was completely useless. I felt like I was being told off. I felt worse after the appointment than I did before it. Thankfully I've heard they have since retired. Good riddance.

The ones I've seen since have been great. Night and day.
 

Caesar

Ex-Huckleberry
Mar 3, 2005
27,349
13,153
Tombstone, AZ
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
I hate that, it is unprofessional as well. Luckily I've never had that problem with specialists, just GPs.

One local GP can sometimes be running an HOUR late. I used to ring them up beforehand to see how far behind they were. Saves time sitting in a filthy waiting room. I know things can happen, but jeez, they book appointments every 10min and can never keep up with it.
My GP runs chronically late but it’s because he never rushes a patient out the door.

It’s a trade off I am happy to accept, specialists never give you enough time.
 

Electronic_Renaissance

I ain't sayin' nothin'!
Mar 25, 2021
2,299
4,442
Omnipresent
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Las Vegas Bears
My GP runs chronically late but it’s because he never rushes a patient out the door.

It’s a trade off I am happy to accept, specialists never give you enough time.
My psychiatrist doesn't do the short appointments (Medicare code is 302). Yeah it costs more but you always get enough time and it is never rushed.

You get a full half hour and I think it is worth the cost. Short appointments I've previously had have been more like "How are you? That's no good, here's a script and see you in a month or so". That may be ok for some but it doesn't work for me.

I can see why GPs are always late but patients need to be told that those longer appointments are available if needed.
 

Shell

Premium Platinum
Jul 2, 2005
165,495
96,610
Melbourne
AFL Club
Geelong
My psychiatrist doesn't do the short appointments (Medicare code is 302). Yeah it costs more but you always get enough time and it is never rushed.

You get a full half hour and I think it is worth the cost. Short appointments I've previously had have been more like "How are you? That's no good, here's a script and see you in a month or so". That may be ok for some but it doesn't work for me.

I can see why GPs are always late but patients need to be told that those longer appointments are available if needed.
That was my phone appointment last night. Kinda my doing tho, i cbf'd and I know I'm ok.

I had to insist to him I wanted off the meds tho- he thought because I was looking for a job/may be stressed I should stay on it longer. Please. I am not stressed about that, at all. So yeah basically insisted and I'm decreasing the dosage as soon as i can fill the script.

My next appointment (in person) is in March.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Osho

All Australian
Jul 9, 2021
621
661
AFL Club
GWS
Have never had a psychological diagnosis, always suffered mild anxiety, now it seems to be stronger and chronic, interfering with diet, general well being, negative thoughts can't be shaken, nighttime is a nightmare. Unfortunately Im abroad where there are no such health services available. I'm wondering what may be available to me via technology/by distance. Im an australian citizen, but been away for quite a few years.
 

Perth gal

Premiership Player
Oct 19, 2015
4,642
4,263
AFL Club
West Coast
Have never had a psychological diagnosis, always suffered mild anxiety, now it seems to be stronger and chronic, interfering with diet, general well being, negative thoughts can't be shaken, nighttime is a nightmare. Unfortunately Im abroad where there are no such health services available. I'm wondering what may be available to me via technology/by distance. Im an australian citizen, but been away for quite a few years.
There’s quite a few psychologists who offer zoom.
 

adelaidecrows

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 6, 2010
13,664
13,512
Wasleys
AFL Club
Adelaide
Lately I've been finding my depression gets triggered really easy.

Which is really weird. My girlfriend lives in New York and I am travelling to see her in at the end of December. First time in two years. I am trying to enjoy the thought and relax but that trip alone I think has really triggered me.

Covid has really done a number on me I think.
 

Remove this Banner Ad

Remove this Banner Ad