Starting Therapy tomorrow and I have a question

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behindtheseeyes00987
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   Posted 10/30/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I called my insurance company to ask if I was covered for a referral to a counselor. I have my appointment, but my question is, my primary doctor doesn't know I have anxiety because I've never told him, is there any way he could find out that I'm going? I don't necessarily care if he finds out, but I'm just afraid that he'll be mad because I didn't talk to him first. Will I get in any kind of actual serious trouble if I go to therapy just for anxiety without consulting my doctor first? I won't be taking medications or anything. My guess was that it's ok, if the people made an appointment with me then I assumed this was ok but I'm not sure now.
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percycat
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   Posted 10/30/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello!

Regarding your doctor finding out, I would think that patient confidentiality would limit your therapist being able to notify anyone about your condition unless something very serious comes up.

Try not to fret about what your doctor would think. I'll bet he wouldn't be offended at all to find out that you went without his say-so. After all, your doctor doesn't have to approve your dentist, or your optometrist, or any of those kinds of things. As a matter of fact, he may appreciate not having an appointment taken up to give you a referral when there are other patients who might need that office time. So take a deep breath and remind yourself that you get to call the shots about your health care, and that no one will think you've done anything wrong by setting up the therapy appointment yourself.

Good luck tomorrow. I hope you get off to a promising start!

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behindtheseeyes00987
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   Posted 10/30/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you for your response. i feel much more at ease now.
 
i really feel that my anxiety is severe. do you think i can overcome it and live normally without medications? im not exactly sure what happens in therapy...because if it's just me talking, then i dont see how its worth it. do they do techniques and such? i really don't want to have to turn to meds, especially because i havent seen my doctor, but i just wonder if this will even help me without medications
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   Posted 10/30/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I think percycat pointed everything out I was going to say!! You don't need a Dr referral to see a counsellor and it's not your doc's business if you do. I hope things go well, let us know how it works out okay?

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behindtheseeyes00987
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   Posted 10/31/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
ok, thanks.
 
im still really nervous. this therapist im seeing, it says they're an LPC, also a psychologist. do you think that they hopefully have some specialty in anxiety?
 
im sorry i keep posting about this, im just really really fearful that this person isn't going to be able to help me with anxiety. i want this treatment so bad but i just keep thinking that they're not going to be experienced enough in dealing with anxiety and wont be abel to help me really. i dont wanna go in there to just talk...cause that doesn't help.
 
does anyone who's been in anxiety therapy actually know what they do?
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   Posted 10/31/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

I have been in therapy for both anxiety and depression.  The first thing they do is an intake form to find out about you.  They take the lead and then you will chime in.  It is scary waiting your turn but once in with the therapist it is usually comfortable.

Take care and know we are thinking of you.

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Georgie Girl
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   Posted 10/31/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi
 
Your primary care physician may never know you're seeing a therapist unless you tell him and if you tell him, he'll just be glad you self identified a problem that is effecting your well being and are getting help.
 
I suffer(ed) from terrible anxiety that caused me to be hospitalized for 7 days and be totally out of it for that time.  Therapy hasn't done anything for me; the only thing that worked was medication.   I do go to therapy now to try to talk myself into finding the joy in my life and work again. 
 
Just because therapy didn't work for my anxiety doesn't mean it won't work for you.  Just don't be afraid to take a medication if your therapist recommends you see a pdoc so you can be prescribed some medication.  I am sure glad my therapist referred me.
 
Best of luck to you on the anxiety.  It is a very horrible thing.
 
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behindtheseeyes00987
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   Posted 10/31/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
oh. well i do hope this therapy continues to work for me.
 
im a little tired right now to describe anything.
i shouldve asked...if a psychiatrist is referred to me and wants to give me medications, im not sure i would feel comfortable with it just staying behind my docs back, and also worried about the side effects
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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, there!

Try to shut out the anticipatory anxiety until you know for sure what your therapist's recommendations are. Whatever s/he might suggest, know that it's their job to help you follow through smoothly.

To answer one of your earlier questions, some types of therapy are just about you talking through your "issues." I've done some of those, and they did help somewhat with my depression. Now that I'm tackling my anxiety, and thanks to a move cross-country, I have a cognitive behavioral therapist. She recommends actions I can take, or thinking or behavioral tasks I can practice to be more active in shutting down my negative thinking. For me, I needed to get through the first several sessions before I could reasonably even ask, "Is this helping yet?" Do be aware of how you're feeling as you begin this brave step, but try to allow the process to unfold naturally before you force yourself to a yes or no commitment about continuing.

percycat
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