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Can someone tell me how going to a psychiatrist works? I've got an appointment next week and that is causing me anxiety. I hope they will be able to find me some medication that will just make me feel like myself again. I just don't know what to expect when I go and that makes me anxious. Crazy, I know.

Thanks.

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Well for me personally, I only went to a psychiatrist a couple of times, because theres a massive waiting list, and I can’t afford it privately, so I only know the starting process, and it’s definitely not to say it will be the same for you.

The first appointment was basically getting to know me and what I was struggling with, but they are probably going to want to help you overcome your anxiety, rather than give you medication, or they may give you a temporary medication while you work through it.

Medication isn’t magic, and it’s not gonna take all of your anxieties away, although they can be a big help.

Just know everything will be fine, obviously they will know you have anxiety and be able to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.

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Hey, really happy to hear that you have decided to meet with a psychiatrist! You've already taken the first few steps - acknowledging and seeking support. Remember that the psychiatrist is there for you, you both are on the same team. Finally somebody who will hear you, understand you, and most definitely help you. I've been to a psychiatrist before and every time before going inside, I'd wonder 'how on earth is this person going to pull out anything from me in a few sessions, that my family and friends couldn't in months and years?'. Trust yourself in being able to feel better, and trust them to help you reach your potential. Be relaxed, be comfortable. This is perhaps the only kind of appointment for which you just have to be you, and there is no additional show and tell. It's really normal to be anxious and nervous - I was on the verge of pushing my appointment to a later date, by the way. But I felt so proud of myself for going for it, because in my first session, it was mostly me talking. Don't be nervous, nobody is judging you. Going to the first session can be scary for everyone, but it’s a great experience to be yourself and talk to somebody who completely understands! Good luck and post an update on how it went!

Lots of warmth,

Aroma K

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Great reassuring reply 👏

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Thank you, I appreciate you reading it! :)

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I wish I could have written such a great reply x

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Thank you all for the reassuring messages. I am praying it all goes well and will let you know. Thank you again.

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Hi. I've only went to one a couple of times years ago but on my 1st visit it was pretty much her asking me questions, a lot, kinda getting 2 know me I guess. Second visit she suggested a medication & whew, didn't take me but a few doses to realize that was not for me. I may have gotten a hold of a bad one & I stopped going because she just didn't do much or talk about anything after id told her I wasn't taking the med. Lol. Fast fwd to now , good luck with yours & absolutely try some meditation. Wheather you will benefit from meds or not, meditation is a very helpful tool! 😊

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Don't you worry they will be kind and caring and I'm sure you will gain a huge amount from your session and be on your way to recovery It will help you so much to talk

Wishing you all the very best

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Doctors and medications are both trial and error. Keep changing till it's a right fit? I finally found the right medication Mirtazapine, Doctors are another story? I just got a new one a few months ago,I think I'm going to change her? She did something I feel is unethical, she refused to refill my prescription just because she hadn't seen me??? Other doctors say your Not suppose go off medication cold Turkey. She has to know this? Realizing her mistake, she tried to blame the people who work for her??? Talking to a counselor you can say what you feel, no judging or criticizing. I've been suffering off and on for about 36 years. I'm better, at my worse I was barely eating. I still get anxious, worried that It could come back? Becareful to Not tell friends and family what your going through, they'll treat you like you have a disease. And will begin to avoid you. Good luck

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You’ll do well. It is just talking about your issues. Try to re-direct your thoughts to being hopeful. This could be something wonderful for you. Maybe the help you need!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

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Hello klawanna, like others have said here, you are already on your road to recovery by taking the most courageous first step, which is admitting you need help and making an appointment for it. It's not necessarily what you want to hear, but the reality of anxiety is that it will get more intense before it gets better. If you can except that fact, you will make it easier on yourself.

I found that medication was beneficial for me in helping me start to feel what "normal" was like and it reduced my level of anxiety and ruminating. For me, it took awhile and a little experimenting to find what worked best for me, which is common for most of us with anxiety disorder.

Another thing that is quite common is that taking the meds did not eliminate my anxiety it just made it manageable. For me it required therapy, reading and educating myself about anxiety and also ruling out physical issues like hypothyroid, adrenal fatigue and diet for me to recover.

You can do it.

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