Seeing a psychiatrist for anxiety. How does that work?
November 16, 2012 9:02 AM Subscribe
Seeing a psychiatrist for anxiety and depression - How does that work? I went to a doctor about my anxiety issues and she gave me a referral to a psychiatrist to get some anti-anxiety meds as she did not feel comfortable prescribing them. (She didn't give me a name, I have to call my insurance to get a list or something I guess. Also, she gave me a no refill xanax prescription after I begged.) I am somewhat bewildered by this as I didn't expect to have to go to a psychiatrist so I have some questions.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I posted this
a couple of weeks ago. This question started out as an comment in that thread, but I realized that I had some questions.
I understand that some psychiatrists treat patients with therapy but most just prescribe medicine.
How do you find out what type of psychiatrist (counseling vs medicine) they are? What if I end with one who actual counsels patients? Should I not go to them because I only need one who prescribes meds? Should I just go to one who prescribes and get a psychologist for actual counseling for anxiety? Is that the best way?
Do you just go to an appointment, talk to them, and they prescribe you something?
Should I tell the psychiatrist I am only looking for meds when I call? I don't want to look like a drug seeker. Medical shows have taught me that is a "thing".
Thanks. Anon email: email@example.com. If it matters I'm in Chicago.