I'd like to not feel crazy anymore, but I'm scared of the doctor.
June 30, 2011 3:27 PM Subscribe
I suffer from severe anxiety and PTSD stemming from an abusive childhood. I have frequent panic attacks, flashbacks, and bouts of derealization that are terrifying to me. I'm going to see a psychiatrist soon, and I'd like to know what to expect. Help?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm seeing a cognitive therapist right now, and our sessions have certainly helped - I can get myself out of a more physical panic attack with relative ease now. But the derealization and depersonalization are a tougher problem to tackle, and I always feel like I'm just barely keeping afloat. It's becoming really disruptive in my life.
So, I set up an appointment with a psychiatrist. It's later this month, and I don't know what to expect - about psychiatrists, possible medication, anything. I'm kind of scared, really. My therapist explains it all in very clinical terms, so I think some perspective from patients would be more helpful to me.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like. Thanks so much in advance. :)