Our expert says:
I'm sure you are right and wise to decide to see a psychiatrist to clarify and sort out your problems. We don't, for many excellent reasons, recommnd specific shrinks on this site. Wanting a good shrink, and being limited in funding, why not explore the possibilities of seeing someone at one of your two loval medical Schools, Steppenbosch or UCT, which have some excellent folks on their Psychiatry Dept staff, who should see you at a cost related to income. And once a good diagnosis has been made, and the right treatment identified, then things could probably be managed under your medical aid scheme thereafter.
There is nothing available over-the-counter which is effective in treating a significant degree of depression. And check out your medical aid's provisions for chronic illness coverage, which ought to include Depression
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