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  • Any experiences with Kaiser and Mental Health Services?

    As a hypochondriac, I am really excited that I finally got medical insurance. So, while I am looking forward to getting my blood sugar and blood pressure tested, I am wondering if I should mention my anxiety and agoraphobia. I am not sure if Kaiser has a focus on mental health and if therapy is something I could get through my coverage (or if my GP will just want to prescribe me meds that I don't want).

    I have my yearly check-up (although it will be my first time at the doctor's in like 8 years) in two weeks. I don't know how to bring it up. Should I bring it up with my GP during the physical or should I call "I don't know who" (maybe an advice nurse) and ask about mental health services to get a separate appointment?
  • How do I tell my doctor about my anxiety?

    I have finally decided to talk to my doctor about my anxiety. I've had social anxiety for most of my life and have NEVER had the courage to talk to a medical professional about it. My anxiety has been bothering me really bad as of late and effecting my life more and more. I finally realize that I can no longer do this on my own. I had a panic attack yesterday for the first time in over three or four years. Now I am going to call and make a doctors appointment to talk to them about this but I am paralyzed with fear. I have no idea what to say or how to even start the conversation. I would appreciate any help. Thank you! :)
  • How do you all feel about your psych doctors?

    My psychiatrist, the only doctor I've seen who I liked, is getting on my nerves all the time lately. She cuts me off, answers Qs before she lets me finish asking them (and her assumptions are incorrect), she blows off a lot of my concerns, she doesn't know the answer to some of my Qs and tells me common sense stuff I figured out on my own. I get really angry when she doesn't warn me about potential (and potentially serious) side effects that common sense should dictate that I am going to be especially at risk. She did not warn me about severe anxiety as side effect to Cymbalta, even when I mentioned the anxiety the first time. She gave me nothing to help it but basically called me a substance abuser for taking 1-2mg of Xanax here and there, when she originally RXed it to me at 6mg daily. But, she gave me no alternative. I told her it was unbearable (I never say that) but she basically ignored me because it should go away after a few weeks. I'd like to see her waking up in panic that lasts for hours for 4-6ish weeks and see how she feels then about either me taking Xanax or her giving me something else.
    Anyone else this frustrated? Or have a good doctor (because I think that may be a myth)?
  • is it anxiety? should I go see a doctor?

    I haven't gone to see a doctor yet but I know that something it wrong. I had what I believe was an anxiety attack a few days ago and ever since then I keep getting waves of anxiety/depression. I say waves because it's not constant. It gets really bad at times and doesn't last very long and then it "breaks" and I feel like everything around me is depressurizing. And when I'm not bad I keep getting nervous that it might come back but then I also feel invinciable and as though I'm fine and it was just a moment and it's gone now. I just don't know what to do. I don't want to take medication but would a therapist help do you think? should I go to a doctor about it? Is it even anxiety that I'm feeling?

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