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"What should I do about being depressed?"
i am so tired of being depressed! i'm obese! i don't have the want to do anything! what do i do? i have high blood pressure, fibro, depression, daily headaches and a list of other problems. i have no insurance. what do i do???????
Depression can be a very serious medical condition that affects every part of your life. It sounds like there are many stressors in your life that are contributing to your feeling of being depressed, and working with health care providers to improve your physical and mental health will be very important in helping you feel better. The first thing it is important to know is that if you are having a health crisis--if you feel unsafe or a danger to yourself or others--you should go to the nearest emergency room right away.
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Secondly, even without insurance there should be health care clinics in your community that help provide medical care for people without insurance. A nearby hospital can be a first step for helping you identify these facilities. It will be important for you to see a primary care physician. He or she can go over your health history (including your mental health history) to suggest ways for you to manage your depression as well as your other symptoms like headaches and high blood pressure. For depression specifically, many patients benefit from either therapy or medications or both. A primary care physician can help connect you with resources for financial assistance with medications. Some pharmacies have a list of generic medications with very low co-pays, and some pharmaceutical companies also offer financial assistance for patients. The most important thing for you to know is that there are options to treat your depression, and the way to move forward is to be connected with a health care clinic that accepts patients without insurance. Furthermore, any emergency room can see you immediately if you feel that you are a danger to yourself or someone else. Good luck.
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