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gandolfication last won the day on December 21 2018

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  1. gandolfication

    Today II

    I slept long and pretty well last night to get restored. Had a good morning...just barely got up on time to drive into the gym....the promise of a bit of flow this morning with the help of one of nature's best stimulants helped motivate to get up. Worked out 45 minutes. Found a swimsuit in the lost and found, I didn't know I'd left there last time in a hurry. Got some discovery responses done in the office today. Having some regular coffee (though wee d is better) and getting a couple more motions to the court done.
  2. gandolfication

    Today II

    I made a couple other calls this morning regarding a therapist. I've been reading good articles on my own. Sort of self-therapy.
  3. gandolfication

    Therapists: Psychologist (PhD/PsyD) or Social Worker (LSW)?

    yes, that's very well said, and my experience exactly....including just having come from 8 years in DC. Whole lotta more (good) providers there apparently.
  4. gandolfication

    Therapists: Psychologist (PhD/PsyD) or Social Worker (LSW)?

    That's funny, I've been using a YMCA membership here this month. Pretty sure most don't have this connection in the states though. Cool though.
  5. gandolfication

    Therapists: Psychologist (PhD/PsyD) or Social Worker (LSW)?

    That is really sad and unfortunate. The services aspect of these professionals and their staff often is so poor.
  6. gandolfication

    Today II

    had a stupid Dr's apt. today, but think I may have a solution - the primary care Dr., if he'll keep scribing, else I'll get another. If they bill me anything, I'm going to send a solid letter demanding they waive costs since they lied to me when I set up the apt. and at intake - about having a psychiatrist in the practice and a therapist and about the nurse-practitioner being able/willing to scribe antidepressants - none of the above are true, and Dr. Baig was a nincompoop. Seriously, I'm not going to pay them. It was a wast to of time, and they can try to collect on their misrepresentation if they want to fight with a litigator. I'm not usually this strident and like to treat people fairly, but I'm tired of being marginalized when I can help it.
  7. gandolfication

    Today II

    I had left a note of encouragement for my oldest this morning, who's going through some stuff. I didn't expect this from her younger sister to me. The last few lines say: "You are my spikey bear. You are one of the best things in my life. I hope I am too for you," and then a poem: "You take me places everywhere & what is always in my hair. R & S forever" Her hair is a beautiful, ridiculous hot mess of blond curls that highlights per sprightly personality perfectly. When she was born and began to grow, because we were so enchanted, tickled by and did not know where she got her blond hair from, we always told her it was from the mail man, a statement she would repeat to others. She's the best. How lovely. I have lovely kids and people in my life. I need to remember it, as I'm pulling another late nighter with two briefs due tomorrow. Ag
  8. gandolfication

    Therapists: Psychologist (PhD/PsyD) or Social Worker (LSW)?

    I've spent probably 6-7 hours the past 2 days, on the phone and on line, reviewing info on doctors and therapists, from my insurance company, calling them, talking to them, etc. I do have an apt. next week with a behavioral health practice where I do a financial interview first, then meet with their PCP, then they refer me to their in-house psych, and then I think to a therapist. For some reason, I have misgivings even about this, but am going to the apt. Other than that, I've struck out with everyone. My own PCP declined to give me a referral, just saying it was hard, and I should call (!). Going to talk to him about that - he's been practicing here 25 years. Every integrated community BH care center so far, I've been ineligible for due to either income, or having insurance (again, way to go crappy private insurance!), or not being a resident (that'll change soon), or not having the right insurance, or not accepting new patients, etc. Several groups have a single nurse practitioner, because you can't get in to see the psych. And my calling around is after I had contacted 3-4 government and quasi-government professionals whose job it is to know about the landscape of access to mental health care. In my current role, I am not yet established enough to do this unfortunately, otherwise, I'd want to write about this as an advocacy article. At some point I am going to. This is atrocious.
  9. gandolfication

    Therapists: Psychologist (PhD/PsyD) or Social Worker (LSW)?

    These are very good points, and just about where my thinking has been at. thx
  10. gandolfication

    Therapists: Psychologist (PhD/PsyD) or Social Worker (LSW)?

    I can understand that, and am glad that works for people...I suppose and can imagine it might if I had really good people, but now that I've had the experience of an integrated place, it seems obvious. Hard to tell how much of that is in my head, but I know a number of times, it really added both synergy and convenience, which helped me.
  11. gandolfication

    Today II

    Nah, no irritation. I'm sure I have gone off Lamictal at one point....still, I never in the past have had any repercussions at all from going of meds, of any kind. Though this is the flip side of--and the reason for--this is that meds have virtually never produced any result, positive or negative. This round of Cymbalta is essentially the lone exception (couple times I may have benefited from Prozac, but not the last couple times). Unfortunately, I've already been off the Cymbalta cold turkey going on 3 weeks now, because I ran out, and had no way to get it. I'm not sure if I'm going to bite the bullet and just buy it...so much hassle too...I'll have to call the Dr. and pharmacist again and then go over and shell out $90. Maybe I should do it once, while I meanwhile get apts. with new doctors.
  12. gandolfication

    Therapists: Psychologist (PhD/PsyD) or Social Worker (LSW)?

    Yah, good description, and this is what I had in VA. I did some significant research and calling here, and have at this point narrowed to a small handful of community integrated behavioral health care places...so far the main 3 don't seem to be overly service oriented with respect to new/prospective clients. I strongly prefer a center where each of these 2-3 people work mainly at the same place so that it actually is integrated. I think the profession otherwise is fatally flawed in that these supposed experts literally do not talk to each other, or at any rate, not adequately. The difference is everything to me. Anyhow, I'll keep trying.
  13. gandolfication

    Today II

    I was so tired all day from not sleeping last night, and getting up and exercising this morning. Wasn't worth it. Now I'm leaving at 8pm and I got nearly nothing done.
  14. gandolfication

    Today II

    I need a furrowed brow and wrinkled nose emoji
  15. gandolfication

    Today II

    I knew you were going to say that.
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