Pretty sure I have an anxiety problem, but psychiatrist wouldn't prescribe...?

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   Posted 5/14/2010 2:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys, saw the forum here and thought I'd join so I could ask what others think about this... Well a few months ago I went to the psychiatrist and told him all the problems I have with anxiety (i.e. more then usual anxiousness, body aches, rapid heartbeat, feeling anxious in peaceful situations) and yet at the end he basically told me to "Go to and look up ways to cope with anxiety." Well that would be fine except I think my anxiety is a mental one rather then normal everyday anxiety. Like tonight for example, I was on a date with a very nice guy and for some reason I started getting an anxiety attack, my heart started racing and I lost my appetite at dinner and couldn't eat anything (it wasn't nerves by the way, I'd already been out with this guy before). My question is what should I do since the psychiatrist at the Mental Health in my city basically denied me getting any sort of anti-anxiety prescriptions? Should I go to a regular doctor? I have no clue, but my anxiety is getting worse then it has been lately and I feel a prescription could dramatically help. Any ideas?
P.S. The psych seemed to me to be anti-drug in general, he said something about how the medical drug industry already has enough money. Just my luck to get the psych who was against me getting a prescription in the first place...

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   Posted 5/14/2010 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning n welcome to HW
personally i think if you have a family doc you should talk to him/ her about this and see if possible if you can get something to help you thru even if its as needed and not an everyday med
also antidepressants can help
yes therapy is good as well imho
there is a CBT link Kitt has posted that may help you out as well
this is a great place for support n understanding
also input from others that hv dealt with or dealing with same issues
many pdocs are against meds nowadays it seems but again i would see a family doc about this and find a good therapist
also check out the CBT
stay with us
you r now no longer alone

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   Posted 5/14/2010 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Definitely find another psychiatrist!! He told you to google ways to cope with anxiety?...And I am telling you to google a new psychiatrist. :))) And like Lyn said, talk to your family doctor. If one doc doesn't help, find another. Really not worth seeing someone who cannot help you.

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   Posted 5/14/2010 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I am Kitt and I am sorry to hear your Psychiatrist had a poor attitude. I am wondering too if you have access to another P-Doc or even your PCP to talk to. Most PCP can dx anxiety disorders.

Also here is a link to a great self help site that you can work online for free. The type of therapy is called CBT.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

Here is the link, just click on it.

Again a warm welcome.


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   Posted 5/14/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Definitely get another doctor, preferably a psychiatrist! I wouldn't bring up the incident with the last shrink if it were me. Doctors seem to stick together, right or wrong!

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   Posted 5/15/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Most meds are bad, in my opinion. WHile most here suggest them there are a lot of people who think the meds are flat evil and do no good. That doctor sounds like one of the few doctors who has read studies to know they don't help many people.

I've had the same situations happen that you did and I don't know what to do about it exactly either, but usually it does turn out to be something being thought subconsciously and emds does nothing for that and simply covers up symptoms. It could be something about the guy triggered it because your subconscious noticed something about him which you aren't noticing consciously.

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   Posted 5/16/2010 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
IMHO there are ppl that need to take meds
i am one of them not all meds are bad
if you misuse the med its on you not the med imho or doc
just my take on it all

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