I've had anxiety issues for years that are variable, but getting worse, and I'm having trouble coping. Should I make an appointment with a psychiatrist and try meds first, or start with therapy and add meds if necessary? [more inside]
First appointment with a psychiatrist tomorrow morning. Soooo... what's that like? Snowflakes inside... [more inside]
Does anyone have any personal recommendations for a psychiatrist in the San Francisco Bay Area? [more inside]
I have been isolated and depressed for 10 years. I need help. [more inside]
A friend is currently in a crisis of depression and anxiety and feels like her current therapist is not meeting her needs. Recommendations in the Chicago area are welcome. [more inside]
My only real experience with mental health practitioners was a brief stint with my free university counseling where I tried one or two medications for anxiety and depression. They didn't do anything for me and I became disheartened and left the idea behind for the past few years. Having gotten health insurance for the first time a few months ago and after some recent introspection, I've found myself interested in possibly trying some anti-anxiety/depression medication again, as well as some sort of ongoing psychotherapy. [more inside]
I don't know what help I need anymore, or even if I need help. I have a lifelong history of depression and the past two and half years, I've experienced more life stressors than normal. The original reasons I made the appointment was to a. get a new script for my anti-anxiety medication (which is also meant to help my depression), especially as I accidentally abruptly ceased it over 5 days ago, and b. a referral to a new psychiatrist to prescribe ADHD medication. [more inside]
I have untreated depression. It's starting to impact my work, family, and social life significantly. My primary care has prescribed 10mg of Prozac, but I still haven't taken it. How can I jump the gun and feel comfortable taking it, when health anxiety is also an issue? [more inside]
What are your experiences with long-term benzodiazepine therapy? [more inside]
For the first time in a while, my anxiety is more than I can manage on my own without medication. On top of that, I've had chronic insomnia for over 15 years, not sleeping is a probably my biggest anxiety trigger, and I'm tired of begging my primary care doctor for ambien prescriptions. Twice before I've waited until everything fell apart and I was in a major crisis and dropping out of my life to seek help; I don't want to do that again. I've had quite successful therapy (talk and CBT) before and been prescribed various meds by primary care doctors in the past, but I want to start managing my brain chemistry in a more proactive way. I've never seen a psychiatrist and don't know where to start. Yelp reviews? Standing on the sidewalk with a sign? I'm in San Francisco, I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO insurance, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and real desire not to have another nervous breakdown. What's my next step?
Recommendations for psychiatrists specializing in anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues in Boston (Financial District)?
Recommendations for psychiatrists specializing in anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues in Boston (Financial District)? [more inside]
Please recommend me a psychiatrist and therapist in the Dallas area who 'specialize' in anxiety/dysthymic disorders.
Please recommend me a psychiatrist and therapist in the Dallas area who 'specialize' in anxiety/dysthymic disorders. I don't have severe anxiety to the point where I'm a hermit or anything. I like to think of my self as a very functional social phobic. But the anxiety is still there enough to rear its ugly head. For example, I'm finding it increasingly difficult to connect with people as I get older. I've lived in Texas my entire life and all my best friends moved away after college. I haven't been able to develop friendships that are as strong as the ones I had in high school and college. [more inside]
Should I seek a second opinion about possible physiological sources of my fatigue, depression, and anxiety before contacting a psychiatrist?
Should I seek a second opinion about possible physiological sources of my fatigue, depression, and anxiety before contacting a psychiatrist? [more inside]
How do I pick a psychiatrist when I can find absolutely no information (besides the basics like contact info and education history) on any of the doctors in my area? [more inside]
Psychiatrist recommendations in Cambridge, MA - additional snowflakey requirements below the fold! [more inside]
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? [more inside]
A fetish is causing me a great deal of anxiety, could anyone help me figure out how to deal with this? [more inside]
What questions should I ask prospective therapists over the phone to vet them before making an appointment?
What questions should I ask prospective therapists over the phone to vet them before making an appointment? [more inside]
any recommendations for a psychiatrist in Portland? [more inside]
My professor is requiring that I see the school psychiatrist. What should I do? [more inside]
First psychiatry consult: how to get the most out of it. [more inside]
When is it reasonable to fire your psychiatrist? Bonus question: If they can't be "fired", what's the therapeutic benefit to being forced to work with a doctor who you find unprofessional and do not trust? [more inside]
I need a good psychiatrist / neurologist in NYC. Oxford Health Plan. [more inside]
Is it appropriate to shop around for a psychiatrist? [more inside]
Does anyone have experience with Seattle Mental Health's Northwest Counseling Institute in Redmond, Washington? [more inside]