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Time:05:43 pm
i think i may be having some kind of depressive episode right now.

while i've been in counselling for depression before, i've never been diagnosed by a doctor. i think now might be the time to do it. i'm a mcgill student, but only until december. should i go to the drop-in clinic there to be screened? if so, would they be able to refer me to services off-campus?

if not, do most of the CLSCs have doctors who speak fluent english? (is a CLSC even the best option for me at this point?) my french is intermediate, but i'm not sure how well i can communicate about my mental health in french.

also, i am still using ontario health insurance. do most CLSCs take OHIP, or will i need to go through the reimbursal process myself? if so, about how much would an appointment cost?

thank you for your help.
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bee_york
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Time:2009-11-21 11:52 pm (UTC)
Go to the drop-in clinic at McGill while you're still a student there. Taking advantage of that while you can would be a very excellent idea.

As for the OHIP, unfortunately I don't know anything about that. But I don't think you should have any problem finding English-speaking doctors.

xoxo Good luck! Please report back here with your updates if you feel comfortable doing so. :)
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brillobox
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Time:2009-11-22 01:09 am (UTC)
hey - i'm at mcgill too, and while there is always a waiting period, if you're only going to be a student until december, it might be worth asking at the mental health services and see if they can fit you in. i rely on them a lot, and most of the doctors i've seen have been surprisingly understanding and competent - and i say this as someone who is seriously jaded towards psychiatrists and counsellors. i only say this because the walk-in clinic is more for (more) physical ailments and they might just refer you internally. that said, mental health has mostly psychiatrists, and not just counsellors, so you can get a diagnosis and even some treatment options if you can squeeze in early enough.

good luck! the system can be daunting, but with this kind of work, when it's for your own well-being, it's always worth it. i hope you find what you need :)
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