Good luck, I think your md gave you stuff to help. And I resisted seeing a pdoc because of the stigma, but look at it this way: They are the experts in their field! They simple know more than your MD. The hard thing I've heard is finding the correct one. I got lucky, I was given a name from my wife's friend who is a therapist. This was my first visit to a Pdoc. I tried a self help book, but I couldnt understand it enough. The main thing I came away with after my first visit was: The meds are necessary to make myself comfortable now. So I can function right nowa and learn the coping skills to help myself w/o the meds. And it's my pdocs job to help me learn to help myself! I came away from the session knowing that evetually I will be able to do whats necessary and I wished I had done it awhile ago!
Diagnosed: Panic Disorder
also have: GAD & social anxiety
meds:75mg EffexorXr 2x a day, 8am & 3pm.
.5mg Klonopin @ night if anxious (very infrequent right now)
My advice: Find and a good pdoc! One with alot of experience in treating p/a and uses CBT. There's no shame in going to an expert, most MD's are good, but are just to busy to heal this disease!