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I never saw one because I am too nervous to go. If any of you been to a mental health specialist has it helped you at all?
 

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I've seen a number of them but I only met one that actually started helping me about 2 years ago
 

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My therapist has been helping me. I don't feel as depressed and don't think about the past like I used to constantly. I still have issues with talking to people, but that's pretty hard to overcome in the amount of time I've been seeing her. I'd give it a shot if I were you! Stay away from anyone who reinforces things for you like "Yep you're depressed, everything you say has to do with depression" and blah blah blah. Also, if they say you need inpatient care stay away. I mean unless you're planning on committing suicide or something. Those are just a few bad experiences I had lol....but you will find one you click with! Plus if you don't like the person, just stop going and find someone else!
 

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no nobody ever helped me much but I advise doing whatever works for you...
 

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My therapist has been helping me. I don't feel as depressed and don't think about the past like I used to constantly. I still have issues with talking to people, but that's pretty hard to overcome in the amount of time I've been seeing her. I'd give it a shot if I were you! Stay away from anyone who reinforces things for you like "Yep you're depressed, everything you say has to do with depression" and blah blah blah. Also, if they say you need inpatient care stay away. I mean unless you're planning on committing suicide or something. Those are just a few bad experiences I had lol....but you will find one you click with! Plus if you don't like the person, just stop going and find someone else!
Should I see a Psychiatrist or a therapist? I know therapists do not prescribe medication so I am assuming you are not on medication at the moment.
 

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Seeing a psychiatrist has helped me because they prescribe medications in which has helped with my anxiety and depression. If you are looking to trying out medications I would suggest seeing one :)
 

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Medication has helped me but psychiatrists on the whole have been less than helpful.
psychiatrists just have a fancy title and get paid alot to listen, some have a one track mind also which doesn't help....
 

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Seeing a psychiatrist has helped me because they prescribe medications in which has helped with my anxiety and depression. If you are looking to trying out medications I would suggest seeing one :)
Do they try to force you to see a psychologist also?
 

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Should I see a Psychiatrist or a therapist? I know therapists do not prescribe medication so I am assuming you are not on medication at the moment.
Unless you have a severe mental illness, I would try and see if just a therapist can help you during your sessions. Then after if you still feel depressed or whatever then go on meds. I'm not on meds just because my sessions have been helping me and I don't have anything super severe.
 

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First off I say:

Patience in this arena is important. Why do you ask? Therapists are not made equally, they are all different, it is trial and error you have to find one you feel comfortable with. Then once you find one you feel comfortable with you have to realize you can't expect to feel instant relief, it is a process. Also different therapists have different specialities and techniques.

2nd: Psychiatrists are the same as therapy, not all made equally. Stay away from ones that will immediatly write a perscription. My first psych, was pretty cut and dry, no real talking, which made no sense to me how can you prescribe me anything without knowing anything. My current psych is very methodical, analytical, and observed patterns over the course of 3 to 4 appointments before giving medication and going over history. She also sent me for blood tests to rule out any physical conditions that can mimic mental health issues. Each appointment lasts about an hour, but it feels quicker than that because i feel like I am actually getting somewhere.

Medication:

Honesty:

You either get lucky in this arena by reacting successfully to the first med given to you or you feel like a guinea pig. I hade been through 6 medications with my first psych. All 6 of them either did nothing or they drowned me in side effects I couldn't handle. My first med with the new psych seems to be going pretty darn well so far.

Also my psych is referring me to a therapist that can help with my specific issues.
 

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I used to visit a psychiatrist. He prescribed me my meds, but he didn't seem emotionally invested in his patients.
 

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I've been seeing the same one since 2011 and they've been a big help. Very professional but not impersonal. I advise you go try out some sort of talk therapy first before you think about seeing a psychiatrist. It'll be a an option if therapy alone isn't helping you. If you're interested in seeing a psychiatrist, you should be aware there could be a lot of trial and error with testing what medications works for you. It's also important to have someone who allows you to give input in the process of finding the right set of meds instead of just telling you what to take. I never liked that some people only saw psychiatrists without going to therapy, because medication after all is only a tool to help make your recovery through your mental health issues less difficult to tackle, which should be worked through more thoroughly in therapy.
 

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I don't doubt their capacity to help, but the success is so heavily dependent on their ability to read me, and not necessarily take things at face value. I'm not an open person by nature; I have to consciously recognize what I selectively haven't been acknowledging in order to, well, acknowledge it. Sometimes I need their help in initiating that process, but they have to know where to start.

If you're good at expressing yourself and conveying your inner monologue, I imagine you will be a much more malleable patient for a multitude of therapists.
 

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I've been to about 7. Three of those I only saw once or twice. One was a psychiatrist that just kept pushing drugs on me and treating the wrong things (anger, sleep meds, antipsychotic meds, etc.) 2 of them were just a waste of time... Kept waiting for me to talk to them when I couldn't, and just ended up with me pretty much sitting there for an hour saying nothing.

My last one was pretty helpful though. Most of the others were men/women in their 40s to 70s but this one was a woman in her late 20s, early 30s. She didn't specialize in social anxiety, just basic children's psychology. She was the mental health consultant for a vocational school I lived at. She was easy to talk to and was firm but not all high and mighty in her advice and lessons like you get with some older psychologists.

It all depends in who you mesh with best. You don't have to be best buddies with your psychologist, but you should at least feel comfortable. If you can try to get someone that specializes in CBT; preferably with group therapy. Do your research and look at reviews if possible so you know they actually know CBT. Lastly just remember that it's better to spend $400 seeing 20 different therapists one time to find the right one than it is to waste $400 seeing a sucky one 20 times.
 

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yes, a lot.

i never knew i had a problem, i didn't go to a psychiatrist for anxiety in the first place since i never even knew i had it. but wiff more sessions, i found out more about myself and dis social anxiety. they really helped me find out what kind of person i am and why i do the things i do. it helped me open my eyes.
 

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Therapy actually made me worse.

But then again, I was in therapy just as they needed to make funding cuts (meaning--no more funds to warrant treating someone like me, who wasn't getting any better), and I was going to a low-income clinic (Medicaid) which was overworked and understaffed, no meds ever helped me, plus I just seem to be treatment resistant (I may have a deeper underlying problem than just SA) and do not have a support network to help me out in addition to therapy, so it could be I just had everything working against me.

For the record, just being able to talk about my problems to a sympathetic listening ear felt really nice...until the funding cuts turned that sympathetic listening ear away.

If you have a shot at therapy, I'd always urge one to take it as soon as possible.

ETA--go to a psychologist first--they do all the heavy work such as talk therapy--then if you need more help such as meds, the psychologist should refer you to a psychiatrist, who checks on your progress every so often. The two of them work in tandem to help you get better but the psychologist does most of the work. That's how it went for me, at least.
 

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only use one if you are sucidal......

Otherwise the disadvantages out score the benefits.
Psychiatrists don't know what they are doing
 

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only use one if you are sucidal......

Otherwise the disadvantages out score the benefits.
Psychiatrists don't know what they are doing
I'd have to disagree...I think it'd be better to go see one before one's issues get so out of hand that not even years of intensive therapy can help (as in my case). It's never a good idea to leave your problems until they get so bad you want to end it...who's to say you wouldn't skip the step of seeing a therapist and just end it, instead?

Compare it to a little leak in your ceiling. It might seem trivial and like a waste of time and money to fix such a small thing, it's not like the leak is really bothering you and you can always just place a bucket under it, but you can take care of that little leak now for a few dollars...or you can put it off, and put it off, and put it off, until next thing you know, your entire ceiling is crashing in, and everything is drenched in water and plaster dust, and you have to pay in the hundreds or thousands to get it all fixed/replaced. Which sounds like a better solution?

Granted, everyone is different, but it's never good to procrastinate when your health is on the line. Perhaps, if I'd gone to therapy sooner, it would have helped me more...perhaps it would've helped me, period. :(

And as I mentioned in my other post...this is coming from somebody who was actually made WORSE by therapy.
 
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