What is Anxiety therapy like?

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   Posted 10/23/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I see a counselor, mainly for depression. Last time I saw her, she suggested that I go to an anxiety specialist so that I can cope with my anxiety.
Here's my situation. I'm a little undecided about if I want to do it or not. I really want my anxiety to go away, but I'm hesitant about having to see another person on the side.
My anxiety has taken over my life. I need it to stop. This is something I want to do but I don't know if I have the motivation for it.
If anyone is in therapy to be treated for anxiety, what is it like? What do they have you do, and has it worked for you? I can't so much as go into work without having a panic attack.
Is it worth it?
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   Posted 10/23/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
behindtheseeyes00987 said...
I can't so much as go into work without having a panic attack.
Is it worth it?

IMHO yes, it is truly worth it. If anxiety is ruining your quality of life then you need to take all the steps you need to get back to a level of stability and happiness. I have been to a few anxiety specialists and some were amazing and some, not so much. If you get the right person then they can change your life (in my experience.) I'm not sure if all anxiety therapists use the same techniques, but we used "challenging" my anxiety, CBT and "exposure" to things that gave me attacks. It was hard work, I had to commit, and sometimes I felt like crawling under a rock but it has changed my life. I don't get attacks at work anymore (I couldn't hold a job before) even though I do 11 hour shifts and I am much happier person.
I would recommend that you do what feels right for you. I'm so glad I took the plunge. I wish you well.
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   Posted 10/23/2008 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your advice. This anxiety honestly really is ruining me. I will put some serious thought into professional therapy.
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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I too would highly recommend that you try the specialist. It could make all the difference in your life. It will change your life for the better. Seriously think about it.

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   Posted 10/23/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello BTE

Anxiety disorders can be treated by a wide range of mental health professionals, including, psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers and psychiatric nurses. Primary care physicians are increasingly aware of the problems of anxiety disorders and depression, making these diagnoses more frequently. A primary care physician may prescribe medication or refer a patient to a mental health provider.

Finding the right therapist can be tricky, because satisfactory credentials are not the only factors to take into consideration. It is important to feel comfortable, so speak to the therapist, either on the phone or in the office, and don't be embarrassed if you feel uncomfortable and would rather see someone else.

A therapist should be willing to answer any questions you may have about methods, training, and fees. Here are some questions you may want to ask a therapist during a consultation:

What training and experience do you have in treating anxiety disorders?

What is your basic approach to treatment?

Can you prescribe medication or refer me to someone who can, if that proves necessary?

How long is the course of treatment?

How frequent are treatment sessions and how long do they last?

Do you include family members in therapy?

Will you or a staff member go to the home of a phobic person, if necessary?

What is your fee schedule, and do you have a sliding scale for varying financial circumstances?

What kinds of health insurance do you accept?

If a therapist is reluctant to answer your questions, or if you do not feel comfortable, see someone else.

I have been to 3 different therapist and one I liked but not as well as the other 2.

I hope you find one that is a good fit for you.



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