Cost effective depression relief?


It took me an hour to build up the courage to write this and about 20-30 minutes to even press the button, so bare with me.

I’m new to this whole thing. Not just BlahTherapy, but talking about my issues and asking questions and just… Talking to people. It’s really hard…

A little history; I’ve had depression for a good 8 years. It got ok for a while in the middle and bearable… But very recently it’s taken a very, very sharp downwards turn and it’s gotten to the point where Anxiety has become an issue as well. Which is exactly why I’m here.

So my question is; I was wondering if there was anything helpful and cost effective? I don’t make nearly enough to feed myself let alone see a therapist, which is what brought me here. I don’t have a lot of friends and the ones I do have I’m loathe to tell them my problems and my mum has enough on her plate as it is…

I’m not really sure what to do… I know I can look it up, but I’d rather ask someone who probably has more experience. Looking things up online just makes me anxious and irritated and I usually end up rage-quitting.

I live in Canada, if it helps. I eat pretty healthy when I can afford it too, I know that’s a factor in a healthy mind, but work is tight where I live.

I really just need a little advice. I’m sorry if I don’t make sense anywhere…

Thanks in advance.

Category: Tags: asked December 1, 2014

6 Answers

(Disclaimer: I'm not connected to the site other than being a voluntary member). You can always try the online therapy on this website. This site offers cheap, anonymous online counselling by real trained professionals if you don't find anything else. As Northerner said though, I think Canada has options that you should definitely look into if you haven't already. Sorry I can't be more help, but hopefully this gives you something. x EDIT: I'm not sure where you go in Canada for Medicare, but start online. Look at government sites for how to apply for it and start from there. If you already have it, go to your GP and they should be able to refer you to a public service.
You should look up if you can get therapy covered by medicare, since you are in Canada. I am pretty sure you have options in that area. And I know where you are coming from. I was in a pretty deep depression, and as much as I didnt want to bother my mum.. I decided to tell her. And I would not have been here if it wasnt for her support and help. Even though it feels like you dont want to bother someone, I think most of the time it is the right thing to do. As long as you feel like you can trust and get help from your mum... I say talk to your mum. This website can definitely help, but we aren't therapists, we can really just listen and try to our best ability to maybe give some advice. I hope this is helpful. Good luck!
I know you guys aren't therapists, I guess you could say I'm really just asking for directions, where do I even go to ask for that (the therapy-medicare thing). I've never dealt with medicare before or anything of the sort, so I'm not to sure what to do.
And yes it was very helpful. Thank you!!
@theLittleNerd I suggest talking to your doctor. He/she will be able to give you advice on what the steps would be, and what options you have. :)
Thank you so much, both of you! I'm sorry if I wasted anyones time with this. I could start looking, but like I said, online hunts are little difficult.
I guess I was just digging into the hope someone had a sure fire answer, but maybe I'm just getting a tad desperate. I'll keep searching and reading into it a bit more. Something will come up eventually!
I've been looking into getting myself a family doctor, so this is definitely something I will bring up to them.
Im not sure what kind of over the counter, or natural drugs canida has, but I know 5-HTP or st.Johns wort may be helpful. There is also a few nootropics you can get online such as Adrafinil or Sulbutiamine. (Nootropics are much cheaper if you buy them in powder, instead of pre dosed capsules)