How do you get the courage to seek help for social anxiety? Do you just go in for a checkup to your regular doctor and say i think i have social anxiety and i need help? i dont want to talk to my parents about it.
Yes, you just ask the regular doctor about it. You could make a short list of your symptoms and how they affect your life, which can help decrease any anxiety around the appointment. The doctor can then discuss treatment options and make a referral.
Too make a long story short. i survived k-12, and mustered up the courage recently when I got health coverage, and could talk to a therapist and phsychiatrist in private. They are the only ones I will talk too about this. I could never look at family, and try explaining my situation. I'd feel helpless, because they've hinted around it but don't want to come out and say anything.
If your old enough with coverage, or able to afford to see a therapist, I'd recommend it and go from there because what is said in the room is kept there. Eventually, if you get asked about who your seeing and stuff, what I do atleast with my parent, is say I'm being diagnosed/treated with anxiety. Its very a broad term and I don't feel ashamed about it. I keep out the social part, for some reason it makes me feel helpless when i say "social anxiety" as opposesd to "anxiety".
If your younger and in school, seeking a counselor is possible, but I don't know if whats said is kept in the room or not.
I dont think you need to even go in to your primary doctor's office. You could call the office and the receptionist could probably give you some names of recommended mental health physicians. I wouldn't rely on your primary doc for treatment. All PCPs do are put you on antidepressants without providing any kind of therapy.
I am lucky enough to live near a big city, and found a doctor's office that specializes in anxiety on the internet. I just called up, told them I was having problems with social anxiety and made an appointment. I think that even in less populated areas you could find mental health specialists on the internet or in the phone book.
I haven't sought help for my SA but if I ever do, I (unfortunately) see it happening in the same way it did with my depression. I basically had a freak out and only fessed up to how **** I'd been feeling after that. I could see myself having a huge panic attack one day in a social situation or not being able to go somewhere from intense fear and having to say why. I'm really afraid of having that talk tbh. :| But I would so prefer just being able to be honest about it rather than having to wait until I flip out and then have to tell people only because of that.