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Just wondered what UK sufferers had done about their SA, eg, how they approached their doctor, what treatment was offered, and how effective it had been?:)
 

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I went to my dr for treatment for my depression rather than social anxiety. He refered me for counselling but i was waiting months because of the waiting list so i paid for private therapy. Fat lot of use it did for me though.

More than likely the dr will prescribe you anti depressants and refer you to counselling.
 

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I went with depression a couple of years ago (as I didn't know about SA back then).

Basically, I had gone off work with tonsillitis, but in the week I was off, I developed a major fear of going back into the office, due to the work, facing my colleagues, and knowing that there would be a load of telephone messages there to return.

I got signed off for 6 weeks and given meds.
Going back was majorly hard, and I felt really stupid because loads of people knew I had been signed off with stress.

I also got psycotherapy, but had to give it up after 3 sessions as it was causing more stress trying to secretly attend the meetings during the day whilst I was at work as I didn't want to tell them.


I have been struggling ever since to keep looking and acting 'normal', and have to do so in front of my partner also as he gets really angry and frustrated with me and doesn't accept SA. I need to go back to the doctor (now a different one), and will try to broach SA. As this site seems to be largely US based, I wasn't sure how widely recognised the term SA was in the UK?
 

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There s a SA forum specifically for the UK that i m a member of, it s a part of SA UK.
 

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I haven't been to my GP about SA.....I'm a bit sceptical about what treatments they might suggest, more than likely they'd put me on some drugs, and that's the last thing I want, drugs might numb the 'experience' of panic etc, but they don't get to the root cause of the problem. I'm considering going to see a therapist now, but unsure what/who I need to see.
I've also had a really bad experience with my GP recently, they forgot to send a referral letter for an unrelated to SA problem, and it was 11 months until I got to see a specialist despite going back every 3 months to enquire why I hadn't had a "you are now on a waiting list" letter............I'm VERY miffed, to say the least!
 

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I first went to a GP about SA a few years ago. All GPs I consulted knew what it was. They would refer me for CBT and would not suggest medication at first. If they do suggest it, ensure they fully describe the benefits and drawbacks so you can make an informed decision.

If deciding to take medication for SA, it should be in conjunction with working on the underlying thoughts and behaviours. The wait for CBT can be a few months, but there are several workbooks published.

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I've also had a really bad experience with my GP recently, they forgot to send a referral letter for an unrelated to SA problem, and it was 11 months until I got to see a specialist despite going back every 3 months to enquire why I hadn't had a "you are now on a waiting list" letter............I'm VERY miffed, to say the least!
If you are very concerned about it, or if the delay has been detrimental to your health, one option is to write a formal NHS complaint. Advice on how to go about it can be found on this page of the Citizens Advice Bureau website.

If you require advice on any NHS issues, your local Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS) can be located from here. I went to my local PALS a few weeks ago about an NHS issue and they were extremely helpful. I did not have to make an appointment because they do drop-ins.
 
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