Do I just say " I have sA " or how would I stArt off?
A therapist will help you with social anxiety although their methods will more be along the means of talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. A psychiatrist's job is to find the right med that will help you and they are the only ones who can prescribe meds. Your general doctor you go to see for a check up will generally not have a lot of knowledge about psychiatric things like social anxiety disorder although they may be able to prescribe meds as well, I don't really know what they can and can't prescribe. Letting any of these doctors know exactly what your suspicions are of whatever kind of diagnosis you think you might have will do nothing but get things moving more quickly in the right direction. Of course if you go in and declare that you are 100% positive that you have social anxiety disorder or whatever else and that you refuse to listen to or explore any other possibilities than anyone is going to be a bit annoyed, but no doctor is going to be pissed or annoyed with you just for showing that you have explored what condition it is you think you might have. They will be appreciative and will ask you some more questions about that subject.I have the same question. I don't have a family doctor, though. I'm afraid I'll ask the "wrong" kind of doctor and they'll think I'm stupid and won't be able to help me. Is there a specific type of doctor you're supposed to ask?
Do you just go and when they ask what the problem is, just say "I have social anxiety?". I know that Doctors often get a bit pissed when patients "diagnose" themselves...will this make them less likely to help me?
I just want some sort of idea of how the whole interaction generally goes.
VERY good advice. Of course you don't have to go so far as to arrive at a self diagnosis. Just the outlining of your troubling thoughts, emotions, anxieties etc. is the most helpful thing.Before seeing a pdoc for the first time, I thoroughly review my symptoms and make my own diagnosis with evidence and proof from previous experiences. I worked as a Paralegal for quite a while so its like writing a Verified Complaint to be heard in court before a Judge e.g. being the doc. I type out my case, plenty of bullets, feelings, where my SA disables my potential, the goals that I want to fulfill and what I feel may help medication wise. Then I read this to the doc slowly and work with him to come to a solution, Sometimes my diagnosis is correct and they agree sometimes they shed light on another issue I overlooked but either way I go prepared and get alot out of it!! Great Luck...by the way, I shoot up a prayer to My higher power before the appointment, somethin like Thy Will Be Done...Peace
hehe exactly the reason that caused me to prepare before hand and write down what I wanted and needed to bring up at the doctors. Really helps though, you get your situation across alot more effectively and don't forget as much. :yesThe reason I go prepared because sometimes my brain goes blank when asked a question on the spot especially from a professional!
Your score:Take the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale to start: http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/disorder/liebowitz/
That should give you some idea of where you stand in terms of severity and give you some ideas of what to talk about in terms of where specifically you have problems with SA.
You could even print out the result and hand them to your doc.