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Old 14.12.2019, 20:25
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Re: Anyone wanna be friends?

If you do feel so down and trapped that you just can't seem to make yourself even put on your jacket and get out of the house, then yes, perhaps you might be depressed and need therapy.

In addition to (or sometimes instead of) going to a psychiatrist or psychologist, in their practice, there is also a home-based nursing service whereby psychiatric nurses (so, the same people who would be providing nursing conversations and skills training if one were in a clinic) come to meet you either in your home (if that's what is best for you) or in a café or park near your home, or occasionally in their office. They can help you figure out what the issues are, and see if they can work with you to remove the stumbling blocks.

To get such a service, you have to have a prescription from a doctor (as you would, for example, for physiotherapy). Often, then nurses run their own small business or network, and they typically know of a doctor whom you can see to get the prescription. This is covered by the basic mandatory medical insurance (although you might have to pay a small proportion, yourself).

Here are some examples of such nurses. None of the following is to be taken as a personal endorsement, as I don't know them and simply googled with "psychiatrie spitex basel". (here you can click on your area in Basel)

Here's an article in the Beobachter (a respected magazine about social and medical matters and consumer rights), explaining what such a nurse does:
It's in German, so you'd have to run it through deepl or similar.

Naturally, I have no way of knowing whether you're feeling just a little down and lonely, and have it within you to give yourself a push and grab hold of one of the suggestions in your several threads, or whether you have additional matters which would make home-visits from a psychiatric nurse appropriate and helpful.

If you think it might be something for you, don't be afraid to phone around, or mail them, to ask if there's someone who speaks English.
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