I've decided that I should seek therapy. I don't know how severe my depression is, but I do think about suicide just about everyday. My wonderful insurance from work covers 5 or 10 sessions per calendar year with pre-certification for psychologists or psychiatrist. No other kinds of therapist are listed in the directory. So is either choice ok? My primary phsy. had me on Lexapro for a while & though it helped a little, I stopped taking it after a month b/c the side-effects sucked. My concern w/ a psychiatrist is that they will be prescription-happy. Plus my financial situation is a huge part of my depression. Lexapro was $75 for a month's supply even w/ the insurance. How does a sliding scale work? It seems retarded to have a pre-certification process. Am I suppose to contact a therapist first, ask about sliding scale & etc, then call the insurance to ask if it's ok to see the therapist listed in their directory, then call the therapist for an appointmet? I swear the health/insurance system in the states are completly f*@k'ed. How else would you describe a health system that's the most expensive in the world providing worse care than some 3rd world countries? Anyway, if anyone has any input, I'd appreciate it.