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I won't go into the reasons although they are severe anxiety, depression, and rumination of basically the last 10 yrs (I actually could say further back), I am 49. I think I need to break down and get on SSRI's. maybe benzos to get me thru the first 2 weeks, and sleeping pills as I haven't slept any in 4 nights. I don't have insurance or a regular Dr but my wife goes to one she likes that I am sure would put me on whatever I asked for. Should I go to a general Dr or what exactly is the specialist who can put me on these called, a psychiatrist? I don't want to go to a lot of therapy. Also, should I mention that I have suicidal thought? I don't want to be put away or denied medication, although maybe it's best till I feel better but I don't think I will w/out help. Also, scared of needing these for life and another bill but it is better than death I suppose. I am really not thinking straight right now. Thanks.
 
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Rockclimbinggirl

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I think starting with a general doctor would be a good idea. That doctor can then refer you to a psychiatrist if they feel it is necessary.
What about asking the doctor about confidentiality limits? Generally you won't be hospitalized against your will unless you are an immediate risk.
 
#3
should I ask for benzos or sleep aids (I am thinking the sleep aids won't work as I am so bad off and I will just be more drowsy the next day. Not sure how long I can go on w/out sleep? I am scared of taking too many benzos and having withdrawals. Can someone who has been there tell me their experience? I know I can ask Dr I just like to know some going in.
 

Petal

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Hi there, from one severe anxiety sufferer to another, I don't think you should ''ask'' for anything, explain your symptoms and see what the doctor or psychiatrist thinks would suit you. A psychiatrist preferably. I am on PRN (as needed) Diazepam and yes it helps to no end and relieves it a lot. I just don't get the feeling the doctors like when we say, can i have X drug? Some doctors think that's drug seeking, I have had to put up with that from different doctors over the course of the last decade. Just my 2 cents...

But back to your issues, please do see someone before the mental anguish and pain gets too bad. Hopefully they will prescribe something to help your anxiety, is it generalised anxiety you suffer from or specific things? I wish you the very best of luck. You can get better with the right help and support. Keep posting, we're here, we're listening and we care.
 

1964dodge

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just my 2 cents but yes I agree you should see a regular doctor first he may prescribe meds or refer you to a psychiciatrist for meds and maybe therapy. it's ok to be scared about therapy I am. my doctor is adamant about me going and I was terrified at first. I also was scared of being hospitalized against my will. i'm nervous about first appointment but not terrified. a lot of people helped me in a thread I started I suggest you read the post said to me. it may help relieve the stress of therapy. I hope you get the help you need. mike *hug
 
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I held off from going to Dr for now, I am feeling better tonight, I am really not wanting to start medication that I would probably have to be on for life or increase dosage, change medication, or taper off and withdrawals. I will keep it my possible arsenal if needed and it is definetly better than long time misery or worse. I know, and am scared that just because I am feeling better now, things can easily change for the worst.

Thanks for all the support, this is a great forum, I wish you all the happiness you desrve.

Mike, can you link to the post you are refering to please?
 

1964dodge

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I held off from going to Dr for now, I am feeling better tonight, I am really not wanting to start medication that I would probably have to be on for life or increase dosage, change medication, or taper off and withdrawals. I will keep it my possible arsenal if needed and it is definetly better than long time misery or worse. I know, and am scared that just because I am feeling better now, things can easily change for the worst.

Thanks for all the support, this is a great forum, I wish you all the happiness you desrve.

Mike, can you link to the post you are refering to please?
i'm not good at linking but i'll send you another tag jut hit the name of the thread when you get it
 
#9
Hello,
Going to your regular doctor can help. He may be able to prescribe you some meds at a low dose. He can also refer you to a good therapist. That will be up to you to decide, if you want to go or not. As far as being on medication for life. That's not neccessary so. But, I will tell you that the depression and anxiety will most likely always be there. A small dose may be all you need to feel more comfortable.
 

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