New doc

I’ve got my first appointment with my new psychiatrist next Wednesday.

Excited and nervous.

I’ve been stable now for about ten months and still feel really on top of things.  I’m getting the new doc because I want to be able to focus better, especially on SSRIs.  I know I’ve promised to blog completely openly about my mental health issues, and I will, but there is a story right now that I don’t want to write about until after next week.

Hopefully this visit will give some resolution to it.

I know, super vague, right?  You’ll understand when I write about it…or when you’re older.

MENTAL ILLNESS: BDSM or Neuroscience?
MENTAL ILLNESS & PERSONAL: Pictures of my brain.
MENTAL ILLNESS: Time to go be a lab rat.
MENTAL ILLNESS: I see affection as a competition.
About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Roving Rockhound, collector of dirt

    Good luck, man. You never came back with the conclusion of the Wellbutrin adventures (or did I miss it?), so I’m guessing you stopped it. I might need to follow your lead and both get myself a new doc and new meds. Wellbutrin is making me so unconcerned that I keep falling. Fell off my bike (again) this weekend – apparently unclipping my shoes before stopping is not necessary. Fell running last night (lift my feet? never!). It’s getting old.

    On the other hand, my proposal to NSF got rejected (again) and I didn’t particularly care. The previous rejection (before drugs) made things very, very bad. So I guess things are ok.

    • Mriana

      I could not keep Wellbutrin down- my stomach would not let me. I puked every time I took it and what did get into my system, gave me a massive headache. I felt better after I stopped taking it and my stomach and head behaved themselves. I’ve had a lot of adverse reactions to meds over the years. Zoloft was the only one they found I could take without problems or at least not ones that I noticed. I’ve been off meds for a while and the only thing I can complain of now are my migraines. Depression not as much, but what changed for me is that I left religion. That doesn’t always work rid one of depression for everyone, of course. (bad sentence structure, but I’m sure you figured out what I meant)

  • Mriana

    Good luck with your appt, JT. Hopefully this new doc can help with the focusing issue.

  • Liz B.

    Good luck. I know that when I had to switch doctors I was terrified but it turned out really well. The new doc was sympathetic and kind and didn’t change what was working for me. I hope that your experience is as good. I know that jiggering with meds is not fun sometimes but if a little jiggering is what’s necessary to get you in top form, then it’s necessary. And you will get it all figured out, I’m sure. The very best of luck to you.

  • RealityEnforcer, Roaming Bear, terror of the Boy Scouts

    Technically, we will be older next week.

    Good luck with the new doc.

  • judykomorita

    “You’ll understand when you’re older” is what many parents say to their kids about embarrassing stuff, usually dealing with sex.

    I know from experience that SSRIs cause problems in that area.

    Good luck to you and your new shrink. I hope things work out well.

  • geocatherder

    Dealing with depression, meds, effects, side effects, etc., for several years, one thing I finally learned is that the patient MUST be proactive. If s/he thinks you’re doing OK, the doc will let you ride. So your choice of finding a new doc is absolutely the correct one, given that the previous doc wasn’t helping as much as you thought you needed.

    OTOH, it’s also been my personal experience that there is no magic potion. All these drugs have side effects; your goal should be the best balance of help and side effects that you can possibly achieve… and then be prepared to tweak drugs and go through the balance-seeking process again in a few years as you age and your brain chemistry changes. Sometimes I feel like it’s a major struggle. Then I remember how bad I felt before I was treated for depression, and conclude this process is just body maintenance, like getting the oil in my car changed.