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Should I start with a therapist or a psychiatrist for my anxiety?

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]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me help my brain.

I am seeking mental health services. I've called my insurance and they've emailed me a list of 400+ covered providers - psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, LSWs, etc - currently accepting patients. That step has already made me feel a bit better. Could you please help me narrow it down a bit? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Aug 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Recs for a Dallas psychiatrist and a G.P. who take Cigna insurance?

Depressive here. If you know of a Dallas psychiatrist that you have heard good things about who takes Cigna, I sure would appreciate their name. I could also use the name of a good general practitioner that takes Cigna, but this is secondary to my main concern of finding the psychiatrist. Thanks for any suggestions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Tell me about your mother...

First appointment with a psychiatrist tomorrow morning. Soooo... what's that like? Snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by antimony_hayes on Aug 18, 2014 - 20 answers

ADD treatment in Columbus, OH

I very much need help for what I think is ADD and am looking for recommendations for psychiatrists in the Columbus area, particularly ones who accept BCBS. General advice on my situation also welcome; some details below. [more inside]
posted by precession on Aug 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Psychiatrist Recommendations in SF Bay Area

Does anyone have any personal recommendations for a psychiatrist in the San Francisco Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards on Aug 2, 2014 - 5 answers

A sad, sad life

I have been isolated and depressed for 10 years. I need help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2014 - 34 answers

Nashville/Murfreesboro psychiatrists for adults with ADD

Looking for a psychiatrist (or NP or whoever) who specializes, or frankly is willing to, evaluate adults for ADD and treat. I'm at my wits end, sucking at my job and life, and am willing to drive almost anywhere in Middle TN. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Psychiatrist in Westen Mass.

I'm looking for a psychiatrist in the Northampton/Amherst Massachusetts area, and it's proving difficult. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld on Jun 20, 2014 - 4 answers

HELP! Sister in NYC needs psychiatric treatment but doesn't want it.

My sister is frightening the people who love her by expressing suicidal urges. She isn't sleeping or eating, and even coworkers are worried. [more inside]
posted by Sullenbode on May 27, 2014 - 19 answers

How do I get a mental health evaluation?

About a year and a half ago, I went through a serious depressive episode - the only one of my life. I saw a psychiatrist three times and completed about a year of therapy (with a therapist, not with the psychiatrist). Then I moved across the country. Now I need to get a clean bill of health - how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Psychiatrist/therapist recommendations in Chicago

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]
posted by pullayup on May 8, 2014 - 4 answers

My mother has Schizophrenia, how can I help her?

For the last few years my mother has had symptoms of schizophrenia. She believes that an organization is following her, harassing her and screwing job opportunities. She is taken things to a extreme level and has called cops accusing individuals, family members, and others who don't even know her. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Apr 15, 2014 - 10 answers

stress free NYC psychiatrist recommendations

Looking for a recommendation for a decent psychiatrist or psychopharmacologists in NYC. [more inside]
posted by rmm on Mar 28, 2014 - 2 answers

The Case of the Disappearing Psychiatrist

I've been calling my psychiatrist since last week to attempt to set up an appointment. I haven't encountered an actual human's voice, nor have I been directed to voicemail. I've tried calling both of her offices repeatedly with no success (and with no way of leaving a message). What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Great psychiatrist in Manhattan, NYC?

I am looking for recommendations for a good psychiatrist in Manhattan. It would be superb if this doctor was in-network for Oxford, but it's not absolutely necessary (and seems very hard to find). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me navigate the basics of the mental health system

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]
posted by gregoryg on Feb 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Psychiatric admission for young child

My little one is going to be admitted to a psychiatric program. Please help me understand what that means. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2014 - 14 answers

What do I ask/tell my new doctor about my mental health?

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]
posted by b33j on Jan 27, 2014 - 2 answers

She is my psychiatrist. She told me she is bi-polar. Now what?

How did you react when your psychiatrist disclosed their own mental illness to you during a session? Have any other mefites had this experience or heard of it? During my 4th consultation (over 6 weeks) with a psychiatrist who is treating me she sort of casually disclosed that she herself suffers from bi-polar disorder and that she has in fact been hospitalised 3 times in the last 12 months due to it. [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Jan 15, 2014 - 39 answers

Psychiatrist in Atlanta?

I'm trying to help a friend find a psychiatrist in the Atlanta area (or northern suburbs) who can evaluate and treat his depression. He's hoping to find someone extremely smart, and he'd probably appreciate someone with impressive training credentials. Meds-only or meds-plus-therapy are both options. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by jaguar on Jan 9, 2014 - 1 answer

handwritten medical records hard to read?

After experiencing an extremely nasty psychiatrist I just need to get my medical records per the request to my insurance to get partial reimbursement for the claim. [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Jan 9, 2014 - 19 answers

Seeking a decent psychiatrist <1 mile of Farragut North or West

Can you recommend a decent psychiatrist in DC, within a 1-mile radius of either Farragut North or Farragut West (i.e., near K Street NW)? I have Cigna, however I am willing to go out of network. Thank you in advance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me find a new psychiatrist in NYC pdq?

I've looked at all the askme NYC psychiatrist questions but haven't found what I'm looking for, which is a recommendation for a doctor who will pretty much do two things: take insurance and manage meds. I am not interested in talk therapy; I have a non-MD therapist that I love. My prescriptions are just straightforward antidepressant/anxiety stuff. [more inside]
posted by torticat on Nov 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Pre-Shrink My Bi-Polar

What should I do to prepare for my first visit with a Psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Worth correcting ER documentation?

My friend took their child to the ER for a psych evaluation. There are mistakes in the report from the hospital. Should they bother to address them? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Oct 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for SF-based therapists: how's United Behavioral Health?

I'm looking for therapists in San Francisco and I just found out that I'm covered under United Behavioral Health. I'm wondering if people've had any experience seeing a therapist or a psychiatrist through them, and how I might go about finding someone in their provider directory who'd a good match for me. I'd also really appreciate any recommendations for therapists in SF who take UBH. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Please help me not freak out about my first ever psych visit

I've asked for a long, long-overdue assessment for ADHD and anxiety, which will be this week. I've never ever talked to a psychiatrist before and I'm getting really anxious about it. Help me know what to expect and how to prepare for it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2013 - 9 answers

An very unpleasant leave from my psychiatrist?

I went back to my psychiatrist to pick up a bill and a probably exchange of the Rx he just prescribed which I found is inappropriate for my medical condition. He asked me for $150 for this visit. Is it reasonable? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Aug 8, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I follow through and take my Prozac as prescribed?

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]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Can/should I just go to another doctor for my psych meds?

Yesterday I went to a psychiatric nurse practitioner to get my anxiety meds refilled after having to change psychiatrists after grad school. He wants to take me off the 2 meds I've taken for years, put me on a new one, and doesn't agree with a 2nd diagnosis I had while in grad school. I feel uncomfortable with this and want to stay with my current meds. But it's not easy to see a psychiatrist soon as a new patient. Be my reality check here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2013 - 23 answers

Get Therapy. Yeah, I'm going to need a little more help than that...

I think I might be a little depressed. Sometimes more than a little, but usually at least a little. And I know I have issues with anxiety. So, I've decided to get therapy. And I've called my insurance to figure out how to go about doing that. So my question is: now what? I don't know if I need a psychiatrist or a psycologist. I know that a psychiatrist perscribes medication, but I don't know if I need that. Knowing that seems like their job. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on Jun 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Looking for a specific NYC therapist recommendation

I am trying to find mental health help (talk therapy as a start) for my friend, urgently. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Apr 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Running out of options, but don't know if I should go down this road

What are your experiences with long-term benzodiazepine therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2013 - 13 answers

How do you find a psychiatrist anyway?

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?
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2013 - 13 answers

I Want My Pills!

I've been taking ADD meds for years with the same psychiatrist, but lost my insurance last summer and had to stop taking them. Now I have insurance again and scheduled an appointment with my doctor today, but I'm worried he'll say that I'm doing just fine without the pills. However, I'm also afraid of looking too desperate if I tell him how much I want them! Can I tell him everything without sounding like I'm a junkie? Details follow. [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Mar 14, 2013 - 14 answers

ADHD evaluations in the LI/NYC area?

Does anyone have any recommendations for ADHD evaluations in the Long Island/NYC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2012 - 4 answers

I can't remember the name of this film

When I was a teenager I rented a VHS copy of a Steven Seagal movie (I was young, but it's no excuse) got the video back home and another film was in the box. I cannot remember the name of the film and I believe I will die unhappy if I don't get an answer to this admittedly unimportant but frustrating question... [more inside]
posted by redskythinking on Nov 6, 2012 - 19 answers

Bipolar + ADHD = SOL?

Probable ADHD, probable bipolar II. Unhelpful psychiatrist. Help! [more inside]
posted by altopower on Oct 16, 2012 - 14 answers

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]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me pick a shrink!

Please recommend for me a psychiatrist in the Tampa Bay area, specializing in anxiety and relationships. [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet on Aug 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Paging Dr. Freud--and his 21st century medical school reading list.

Paging Dr. Freud--and his 21st century medical school reading list. [more inside]
posted by availablelight on Aug 21, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I handle my doctor's office's incompetence?

My psychiatrist's office is behaving in an incompetent manner and I am furious. Aside from finding another doctor, how should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Aug 14, 2012 - 30 answers

I can't ADD

Am I fine? Is the doc a quack? Is this part of the process? Adult ADD content [more inside]
posted by el_yucateco on May 31, 2012 - 37 answers

Where can I find a cheap psychiatrist in Los Angeles?

[Los Angeles filter] I don't have insurance. How can I find a psychiatrist who will continue my current prescription for cheap? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Good Psychiatrist in Frederick, MD

Asking for a friend in need (adult, male): Good psychiatrist in the Frederick, MD 21703? Difficulty, takes Aetna.
posted by Towelie on Apr 25, 2012 - 3 answers

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2012 - 4 answers

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]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Why are all my doctors overdiagnosing me with things I don't have?

I feel that my doctors are overdiagnosing me - psychiatrists, specialists, and even pcps. I feel like a lab rat or a trophy case for them - "here's one of my patients, she encompassed the entire diagnostic manual, ha ha!" What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 - 26 answers

psychiatrist woes

I haven't been able to see my psychiatrist in several weeks due to my work schedule. I am out of meds and don't know what to do as his office is not good about returning phone calls. I think I need to find a new psychiatrist who can accommodate my schedule but don't know if this is possible. Help? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Jan 5, 2012 - 9 answers

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