For New College Grads, Finding Mental Health Care Can Be Tough

Finding a good therapist can take time, especially in a new city.i i

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Finding a good therapist can take time, especially in a new city.

Finding a good therapist can take time, especially in a new city.

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For many young people, college graduation marks the entry into what grown-ups call “the real world.” But if you’re a new graduate with a mental health condition, the transition can be especially challenging.

Many young people start managing their own health care for the first time when they graduate. And while finding and paying for a psychologist or psychiatrist can be difficult at any age, for young people who don’t have steady jobs or stable paychecks, the task can be especially daunting. Perseverance and planning ahead help.

One of my classmates from college, Sarbani Das, says she had to call over 30 mental health providers in New York before she found one with an opening. “And, of course, you think, if no one else has an opening, why does she?”

Das, 23, who suffers from anxiety, says she eventually found a doctor. He doesn’t accept insurance, so she has to pay out of her own pocket. Das says she can because she has a job and savings. “If necessary, I probably would have

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/06/04/318575228/for-new-college-grads-finding-mental-health-care-can-be-tough?ft=1&f=131849999

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