Needing advice

Hello, I suffer from anxiety and depression. I've had anxiety all my life, but I never had anyone to sympathize with me when i was younger. After I gave birth to my daughter I went through postpartum depression. I never went to the doctor for it. A family member talked me out of going.. That has gone and passed a couple years ago. However, my anxiety is terrible. I'm so miserable. I could go on and on about my symptoms.. But I have a question.. My insurance will help cover a family doctor visit, but will not help cover therapy... Is therapy more beneficial or going to get a prescription from a. Family doctor? What are your experiences? Please help.

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  • There are multiple different options of treatment and ways to cope with the anxiety yourself and many of us face. When it comes down to it, it really is an individual decision that takes time and research to come up with the best treatment plan for you and your circumstances. Some people prefer prescription meds and others might prefer therapy. Maybe even a combination of the two. Best advice I can give is to try different things, see what works, see what doesn't, and come up with the best solution for you.

  • Thank you! I have a really hard time reaching out for help, but it's getting to be too much for me to bear.

  • Like others, I always recommend both a psychiatrist and a good counselor. But sometimes if your case is very very simple you can be treated by your GP. I always want the best so I see a psychiatrist. And I get counseling from my LMHC (licensed mental health counselor). One doesn't replace the other. It's a rare doctor that knows how to counsel these days. They learn how to diagnose accurately and to find the right meds which can be quite complicated. So Dr. visits are short because they only manage meds.

    If you go to a counselor who's working at a church, they often charge on a sliding scale based on your ability to pay. You don't have to join the church or believe in God. Check online at the Psychology Today site for therapists who charge on a sliding scale, their philosophies, specialties, education, and insurance accepted. Ask your doctors and your friends' Drs. who they recommend. Take care.

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