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Hello,
i have decided to go and see my doctor about my SAD, but i don't know what the best first step is.

Would you guys consider medication to be a good way to get on the right track, or are there better starting points to advance from?

I would love to think that i could pop a pill and be normal, but i've never taken any sort of medication past paracetamol and have no idea what to expect.
 

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Very few people can pop a pill and just be normal.

Meds help stabilize my depression, but I'm sure normal people don't get as depressed or anxious as I do.

Meds may be able to help stabilize your anxiety, but it's really not like a magic pill which will take care of all your troubles.

You may want to try out Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a first choice before meds.

Is it a pdoc(psychiatrist) you're seeing or a GP?
 

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I was going to see my GP, i don't know how to contact a pdoc and assumed i would be able to at least attain the information needed to do so from my GP.

Thank you for the reply, and i wasn't saying i expected in any way for a pill to basically fix me, i just had no idea what to expect. I appreciate you explaining it in simple terms.
 

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Well certain pills can help decrease SA by changing the way you look at things, well thats what they did for me. Certain SSRI medications and benzodiazipines although benzos are highly addictive but if you are just using them or prescribed them on an as and when basis it might be handalable
 

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I was going to see my GP, i don't know how to contact a pdoc and assumed i would be able to at least attain the information needed to do so from my GP.

Thank you for the reply, and i wasn't saying i expected in any way for a pill to basically fix me, i just had no idea what to expect. I appreciate you explaining it in simple terms.
Yeah no problem. Wasn't trying to be rude and I apologize if I was with the whole "not a magic pill" thing.

Good luck!
 

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Best bet would be to probably see a pdoc or psychopharmacologist (not likely) that you have good chemistry and good communication with. Also check references, friends, family, friends, the internet to pick a highly recommended pdoc. Possibly one whose specialties are more on target with your issues. Thats the first step on the doc trail.
 

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Hello,
i have decided to go and see my doctor about my SAD, but i don't know what the best first step is.

Would you guys consider medication to be a good way to get on the right track, or are there better starting points to advance from?

I would love to think that i could pop a pill and be normal, but i've never taken any sort of medication past paracetamol and have no idea what to expect.
Hi, it's difficult to say without knowing more about your situation, what type of anxiety you have, how severe, and and how it effects you day to day, also whether you have depression or not.

Here's a general guide though doctors generally follow..If it's severe then a medication is probably the first starting point and then some therapy. If you're able to cope ok day to day and don't have depression, then maybe trying therapy first, depending on the type of anxiety you have. If there is depression then usually an SSRI drug would be the first treatment which may help with anxiety.

Different doctors often have their own approaches though. When I first saw a doctor 20 years ago after having severe SA for 6 years and being unable to leave the house, he would not prescribe any med and referred me to a pdoc for therapy. He decided it was best to take that approach and let a more specialist doctor determine what medicine was appropriate, if any. It was the pdoc who then decided to put me onto a med, which turned out to be Paxil. This was while I was having regular counselling and also doing CBT.
 

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I wouldn't. Because even if it treats your social anxiety, you're now addicted to some kind of pharmaceutical drug. So you'll just be replacing one problem with another.

Instead, try asking yourself why you have social anxiety in the first place. Is it because:

A.) You feel self-conscious being in a crowd because you feel like everyone is watching you

B.) You feel self-conscious being in a crowd because you're afraid of saying or doing something that makes you look stupid.

C.) You fear rejection

D.) Other

Once you identify your reason for feeling anxiety, keep in mind that people are stupid and boring; why would you want to impress them anyway?

If you're trying to talk to a girl and she doesn't like you, then she can go **** herself. There's a lot of women out there and just by mathematical probability, there are literally MILLIONS of women in the world (many most likely in your own city) that would like your type, or that actually are your type.
 

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I agree. It's easy to hypothesize about psychotropic meds. without fully getting to the root issue first. Like the above poster said, meds are not to be taken lightly. Thats why I mentioned that when you see a pdoc/psychothearpist make sure he/she practices good medicine and psychotherapy. Don't be afraid to interview them on the phone. You can often get a good sense of where they come from simply by how they react on the phone. If they are rushing you in the initial conversation than that is often a red flag! Your the customer . Your paying for their services. My pdoc talked about how a patient fired him once. That was refreshing coming from a pdoc.:D
 
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