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Old 04-06-2011, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Owasso, OK
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I feel like, the older I get (36), the more problems I am having with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. My PCP has been treating me and he's done great so far. But, I'm wondering if it's time I see a specialist?

Has anyone else had a problem with GAD and seen a psychiatrist for it? What happened? Was it beneficial?
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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You really need to see a psychologist for cognitive-behavioral therapy. That, plus meds to keep you going while you work on it, is the best treatment. Psychiatrists these days rarely do therapy unless they are in the Fruedian line (analysts) - they just see you for med checks.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Owasso, OK
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You really need to see a psychologist for cognitive-behavioral therapy. That, plus meds to keep you going while you work on it, is the best treatment. Psychiatrists these days rarely do therapy unless they are in the Fruedian line (analysts) - they just see you for med checks.
Ok- Well I want to go through the proper channels to manage meds and therapy.
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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Most psychiatrists should have a referral to a psychologist. The only concern is finding one who does cognitive-behavioral therpy. You can call your state psychological associaiton (google your state+psychological+association) for a list of practitioners in your area who do it or ask your insurance company for a list of approved providers and then call them and ask if they do it.
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:55 PM
 
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All great advice, SBIU. If I might add one point, I've made it a point to do a mini-interview of sorts before I meet with any therapist. There is one issue I feel strongly about so if we're not on the same page, there is no sense in meeting. And by mini-interview I mean a couple of minutes on the phone prior to setting up an initial appt.

As to types of therapies, there are many - CBT, DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), and others. I think that either CBT or DBT would work well for GAD. Also, don't know if you have specific phobias (I do), but desensitisation is another thing to keep in mind.

Anyway, I might go so far as to make sure the therapist you find specializes in treating anxiety disorders, if possible. Everyone or many can have a "niche" and some people are better at doing some things than others.

I see the value in a psychiatrist, but then that is because my PCP won't touch psychotropic meds and I have more going on than just anxiety.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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Ditto the above, I would see a psychologist, licensed professional counselor, or clinical social worker for counseling. Wouldn't it be great to overcome your symptoms for the long run, and not need the medication anymore?
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