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who to see about anxiety disorder, G.p. or shrink?
      #161806 - 10/13/05 06:06 PM

I am thinking of getting help for my severe panic and anxiety. I just dont know who I should go and see. I really dont want to disclose why I am having this situation but after looking at facts and taking advise + reading back posts from former worry wells I think that most of my problem is stress related. I just took a 8 week test and it came back neg. My mental health on the other hand keeps deteriorating and im afraid if I wait the additional 4 1/2 weeks without help that I may have some real problems on my hands. Thanks

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Re: who to see about anxiety disorder, G.p. or shr new
      #161809 - 10/13/05 06:13 PM

You could talk to either your doctor or a counselor. Your GP will probably refer you to someone else to treat your anxiety, but that's a good place to begin.

If you'd rather go straight to a counselor and you need a referral, a local HIV clinic may be a good place to start -- they often help people with HIV anxiety. Hope that helps.

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Re: who to see about anxiety disorder, G.p. or shr new
      #161835 - 10/14/05 12:23 AM

I read that Massachusetts Clinics use 6 weeks as their window period. As far as Anxiety goes you are better of deep breathing and taking herbs like Valerium and melotonin (sic?) because a doctor will give you heavy drugs like Prozac.

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Re: who to see about anxiety disorder, G.p. or shr new
      #161846 - 10/14/05 09:40 AM

That's not necessarily true. Contrary to popular belief, doctors don't automatically throw pharmaceuticals at everyone. The doctor may suggest counseling or another form of treatment.

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Re: who to see about anxiety disorder, G.p. or shr new
      #161868 - 10/14/05 05:13 PM

I agree , you should look into alternative treatments for anxiety before seeing a shrink.

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