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Old 01-30-2012, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Default What kind of doctor to see for anxiety/panic?

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What kind of doctor should one make an appointment with to discuss anxiety/panic disorder?
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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you can talk to your regular MD and have them prescribe meds for that. You could also go and see a therapist. When I had anxiety issues in the late 90's early 2,000's I talked to my primary care doctor and was prescribed Zoloft. Then I changed meds down the road and went on citalopram (generic of celexa) both worked very well. My anxiety issues were due to a stressful job and loss of my father. Thankfully I have been off meds 2 years. I never had severe anxiety but it was enough to make me go to the doctor and do something about it. I have only had 2 panic attacks in my whole life and Xanax was a big help.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:11 AM
 
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Depending on your insurance, you need to first go to your GP (this is most probable). Tell him that you're dealing with anxiety symptoms and explain what those are. He will ask more questions and hopefully you'll have a nice, honest, open dialog. He'll probably recommend you see a psychiatrist and a counselor. He will make a referral for both. You will then call around (your doctor may give you a list) looking for an M.D. psychiatrist and Ph.D., Psy.D. or MCSW (master's level clinical social worker) that meets your needs and takes your insurance (verify this!). I would recommend a therapist that is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Even if you don't want to take psychotropic medicine for whatever reason, I would strongly urge you still consult with a psychiatrist.

Congratulate yourself on taking the first step! Don't stop now Please be open to suggestions.


NB Your GP may prescribe a couple Ativan or Xanax (these are called benzodiazepine or benzos for short) to hold you over until you can see a psychiatrist but they most likely will NOT prescribe your daily anxiety medication (e.g. Lexapro, Prozac, etc). If he does not offer, ask him if he will prescribe a couple benzos until you can see a psychiatrist and he should be fine with that.


-mephie, M.D.
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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I would suggest that you talk with a licensed therapist before considering a pharmacological treatment method. Many things that cause anxiety and panic disorder can be resolved by talking with a therapist. Drugs can help you cope with stressful in your life, and may be a able to help you as you enter therapy. A therapist can help you decide if you need medication, and they can give you a referral for a psychiatrist of this is needed. However, I can assure that no drug will resolve the stressors for you. I am sure drug companies are working on a drug that can being a loved one back to live, or force one's boss to be nice, but I am not holding my breath. Only you can take steps to change things in you life, and a therapist may be able to help you.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: FL
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Try to see a psychotherapist or psychologist.

I don't think meds are always bad, but I think it's a good idea to try to get to the root of the problem and work on whatever your anxiety triggers are.

Familiarize yourself what what anxiety is all about and try to overcome it.

If you look on amazon, you may find some good books on the topic.

My son suffered from anxiety for about a year. I had to learn a lot about the topic.
He was 12-13 years old, so he was still at the age where mom had to help figure it out.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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I don't understand why so many people would tell someone that they should suffer with panic attacks by not seeing a psychiatrist that can rx medication when the OP gets a panic attack.

Why would you do that?

Taking meds does not mean you can't "get to the root of the problem and work on whatever your anxiety triggers are [sic]" with a therapist too.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I don't understand why so many people would tell someone that they should suffer with panic attacks by not seeing a psychiatrist that can rx medication when the OP gets a panic attack.

Why would you do that?

Taking meds does not mean you can't "get to the root of the problem and work on whatever your anxiety triggers are [sic]" with a therapist too.
who's saying that? going to a therapist and asking the doctor for meds. I think the 2 combined can help. That's what my mom has been doing. I am not saying it will help everyone. where does it say in any of these posts people should suffer?
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:37 PM
 
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who's saying that? going to a therapist and asking the doctor for meds. I think the 2 combined can help. That's what my mom has been doing. I am not saying it will help everyone. where does it say in any of these posts people should suffer?
Everyone but you in this thread. Everyone else thinks drugs are bad and people shouldn't use them, instead they should go spend an indefinite period of time talking about their panic attacks while suffering, because they have no way to stop the panic attack from occurring.
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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I dunno, my GP put me on Xanax, and it's all good. I try not to take them every day, and as a result sometimes still have general anxiety/panic attack, but 20 min after popping them I'm good. Mine are odd as, with a handful of exceptions, there is no triggering event, they just come out of left field randomly.
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:12 AM
 
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Hello!

What kind of doctor should one make an appointment with to discuss anxiety/panic disorder?
How long have you been having these attacks and is there anything specific that seems to trigger them? Have you tried any herbal or homeopathic remedies? I get anxiety attacks very regularly so I understand your problem well. If you do decide to try an herbal remedy, Passion Flower is good choice. There are many others as well and like meds, one might work on one person and not another. It's trial and error like with meds. If you decide to see a doc, of course a psychiatrist is the one to see. To many GP's are handing out depression/anxiety meds. They should stick to what they know best and leave the rest to specialists. As others have said, you may need to start with the GP, depending on your insurance.

As far as a therapist being any help it depends on what seems to be causing the attacks. Most of these people have no idea what it feels like to have an anxiety attack with multiple physical complications which can totally disable a person. Telling you to breath deeply, focus on something positive or something peaceful just doesn't cut it for me. There are times I can talk myself down, other times it hits me like a bullet and there is nothing I can do. You can find numerous books on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, one of the things they often discuss. Meditation and Yoga can also be helpful. I hope you find a solution, its a very frustrating problem. Best of luck.
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