Need to know what to expect when seeing a psychiatrist

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I have an appt with a psychiatrist tomorrow for anxiety issues and not sure what to expect as this will be my first time ever going...what do they ask ? Do they want to see you more than once before prescribing any medication ? How often do they wanna see you ? Please let me know what your experiences were.

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    I have more confidence in a psychiatrist than my gp obviously beacause psych specialise in the depression and anxiety.

    I was under one for 4 years, unfortunatley  Ive had a relapse and have to make do with a gp who does not have a clue.

    Just tell them how your feeling and how irs affecting you life.

     

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      Thanks so much for this information it has been helpful. This definitely does affect my life cause I want to go back to work and can't cause of the way I feel. What medication helped u with your anxiety ?
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    Thell ask what brings you to them.  Its then on you to explain how youve been feeling, and what effect it has on your life.  They will work out a lot from you just talking normally, so just be open, natural and honest.  Dont go in expecting meds, they may well, but they may also suggest therapy.  If you go in with predefined notions of what you want, they are often less likely to give them to you, just them them diagnose and treat you the way they think is best. always ask questions about any treatment
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      Thanks, information was helpful. I just wanna get better so I can go to work and have a normal life. I take Zoloft now which helps some I just want to know if there is something out there that can be taken more than once a day. I also have xanax that I take as needed but don't really want to take it cause its just a temporary fix. Hope I can get the help I need.
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      Sadly long term fixes tend to lie in therapy and not in medication in most cases. Medication tends to be there for the symptoms while the underlying issues which cause the problem are resolved. Be sure to ask how you should move forward long term
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      Yeah makes sense and is definitely sad cause it is that way most cases. The Zoloft has helped me with anxiety attacks but still have dizziness when walking, standing and sitting so idk what else to do. I have hearing loss in both ears so not sure if the dizziness is related to that...I just wanna know why I feel this way everyday and fix it
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    awesome, your heading in the right direction.  Good for you.  My experience is I have been given a written assessment asking me questions like how often do I feel sad/depressed, anxious, etc.  It is important to answer all question truthfully and honest.  So your counselor can make a correct diagnosis, and set up the right counseling for you. 
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