Post # 1
I posted a few weeks ago about my anxiety, and it’s starting to get worse. I wake up all through the night and immediately start to worry about work, money, wedding, etc. Then I can’t fall back asleep. Ive never been treated for any type of anxiety or depression, so I don’t even know where to begin. I found an office through my insurance website that has psycologists and therapists…but there are so many different specialty’s. How do I know if I am looking for a psycologist, psychiatrist, etc? I know the difference is whether they can prescripe meds, but how do I even know if I even need meds yet?
Just the thought of even calling to make an appointment is getting me worked up. I don’t even really know what to say. I’m embarassed-I’m always so in control and right now I feel, just different. And exhausted. Do I tell them I just feel nervous and I’m having trouble sleeping? That sounds so silly. Ugh.
Post # 3
Call the office and talk to them to see which is best for you. I’ve only seen psychologists and they’ve all been great. My primary doctor prescribes all my medicates for me. Chin up hun. This is nothing to be ashamed about. Lots of people have anxiety and depression problems. You are definitely not alone!! Big hugs and good luck!
Post # 5
@Bostongrl25: That’s great that you found support through your insurance website. I would call and make an appointment. From there, they should be able to guide you to the right professional.
A lot of people suffer from overwelming anxiety. You’re not alone 🙂 And there are treatments!
Post # 6
I think it may depend a lot on where the anxiety is coming from. I see a counselor for mine. It’s hereditary that most everyone in my family suffers from anxiety disorders. No fun 🙁
For me, it helps to talk things out… to ‘vent’ about what’s bothering me to a professional that can help suggesting changes. For others, it may take more. I think you’re going in the right direction though, if someone there can’t help you they can certainly refer you to someone who CAN. Best of luck.
Post # 7
Please do not feel embarassed that you are making a call- feel empowered, because you know that your stress and anxiety is overwhelming and you are looking for help. Also keep in mind that these offices deal exclusively with individuals dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, life changes, etc. They will be more than happy to go over your options and find someone who is best suited to your needs. I am sure it will all go wonderfully for you and wish you the best! 🙂
Post # 8
You’re doing the right thing — make an appointment with an in-network counselor or therapist. If you can, look for one who specializes in anxiety. If you still feel weird about choosing one, make an appointment with your GP and ask for a recommendation. (It might not be a bad idea to get checked out to make sure there’s no physical cause for these feelings, either.)
As a PP said — chin up. You’re doing what’s smart and responsible for your health. Feeling anxious and not being able to sleep is more than enough reason to see someone, and yet not something that is uncommon or that you are “doomed” to live with. Good luck, and make the call!
Post # 9
I can give you a break down of who does what in the field, I’m in grad school right now for psychology.
Psychologist – has a PhD The stereotype is that you’re going to be laying on a couch This is probably who you will talk to for about an hour
Psychiatrist- has an MD, and can prescribe you meds. These are very hard to see, long waiting lists. You will see them for ~15-30minutes
Counselor- has a Masters degree. Can do the same exact thing as a psychologist (depends on the state)
Social Worker- has a Masters degree, some do counseling just like a Counselor or Psychologist but many do case management and connecting clients to places that can get them further help
Like other Bees said, calling a therapist in your network and talking to your GP about medications (they can give you the same meds as a Psychiatrist would) is a good thing. And know you’re not alone. Planning a wedding is extremely stressful and many many people get overwhelmed. Acknowledging that you are overwhelmed and asking for help is the first step in feeling better.
Post # 10
One thing you can do without having to even see anyone, if you want, is buy the book Mind Over Mood, which uses cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to help overcome a whole host of psychological conditions, including anxiety. One of my professors, who’s also a clinical psychologist, says that it really does work and in many cases are the exact techniques used in client sessions. A great tool with anyone with any level of anxiety, actually, as it promotes rational thinking. You just need to persevere with it, though, as it can be quite tedious.
Post # 11
You could make an appointment with you primary doctor and tell him/her what is going on. I have anxiety issues for which I see a psychologist for cognitive behavioral strategies like PP mentioned and a psychiatrist that manages my medications. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! It is totally exhausting to be so worked up all the time. Sleeping medication has been a life saver for me! Best of luck. It will get better!
Post # 12
I would recommend seeing your primary doctor first and then getting a referral. Insurance companies tend to prefer this, and often your doctor will give you something for the anxiety you’re experiencing. Don’t be ashamed! – lots of people suffer from anxiety. Hope this helps
Post # 13
Theres been some nice breakdown posts of the differences in who to contact, so I’ll leave that, but I just wanted to say I work in anxiety clinic and you should absolutely not be embarrassed to call and tell them whats going on. We hear all kinds of anx symptoms all the time and I can honestly say it is a hugely rare day when I hear a surprising symptom list, and yours seems to really fit the bill of someone who would seek help at an anxiety clinic. They will probably screen you briefly if you choose a specialist clinic like mine, so just tell them everything that’s going on and they’ll determine if they’re the best fit for you or hopefully send you somewhere most appropriate if they’re not. Good for you for taking the first step!
Post # 14
I don’t have any advice other than what was given here, but I wanted to say don’t be ashamed at all. I know how you feel, because I went through this about 10 years ago. I felt embarassed to admit my anxieties to a doctor. When I did, even though we hadn’t even changed anything yet…I felt a million times better to just get it out in the open. Good luck!