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Posted by: Stephanie | 2010/09/20

DEPRESSION?

I have a friend who I think may be suffering from depression. She does not want to eat, sleeps a lot (sometimes the whole day over a weekend), has terrible moodswings etc. She does have a medical aid, but it is totally exhausted due to the fact that her chemo and other treatments have exhausted all her benefits. She does not want anyone to know what she is going through, but a mutual friend has confided in me & mdash - how can we get help for her as she cannot afford to even buy food, let alone see a therapist?? HELP PLEASE!!?? Any suggestions? Thank you

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What sort of "chemo" is he taking that has been so expensive ? Often, the term "chemo" refers to chemotherapy for cancer - if indeed she has such a serious illness, she may have clear reasons for feeling depressed and it is the duty of her treating and prescribing doctor and any others involved in caring for her, to notice such changes and to deal with them.
It would be highly irresponsible for doctors to prescibe meds without paying atgention to their high costs and to the fact that a patient cannot afford them or is being pushed into a situation where she can't aford food due to the costs of treatment. Such financial aspects MUST be taken fully into account when treating anyone for anything.
The Anxiety/Depression Support Group may be able to help her with some support and advice. And maybe her treatment should have been transferred some time back to a government clinic or hospital, so her proper treatment could remain affordable, long before she got into suh a situation. A state clinic or hospital, or medical school clinic, could re-assess all her treatments to review what is reall necessary, and provide treatment at a cost related to her income and available funds

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/09/20

What sort of "chemo" is he taking that has been so expensive ? Often, the term "chemo" refers to chemotherapy for cancer - if indeed she has such a serious illness, she may have clear reasons for feeling depressed and it is the duty of her treating and prescribing doctor and any others involved in caring for her, to notice such changes and to deal with them.
It would be highly irresponsible for doctors to prescibe meds without paying atgention to their high costs and to the fact that a patient cannot afford them or is being pushed into a situation where she can't aford food due to the costs of treatment. Such financial aspects MUST be taken fully into account when treating anyone for anything.
The Anxiety/Depression Support Group may be able to help her with some support and advice. And maybe her treatment should have been transferred some time back to a government clinic or hospital, so her proper treatment could remain affordable, long before she got into suh a situation. A state clinic or hospital, or medical school clinic, could re-assess all her treatments to review what is reall necessary, and provide treatment at a cost related to her income and available funds

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