(Original post by Final Fantasy)
If you have an appointment with your GP or psychiatrist, it will generally go like this:
- You'll talk about yourself and what's been going on (mainly involving what problems you've been experiencing that prevent you from living a normal/healthy life).
- You'll fill out a questionnaire that will roughly determine how bad your condition is.
- If it's your first time at the surgery/practice/medical centre, then you'll likely be booked for a blood test to rule out anything else.
I hope it doesn't sound scary, it's really not. They've heard it all before and will also be asking you questions. Feel free to tell them anything, especially if it's bothering you. It's completely confidential.
Having said that, if the doctor is in a hurry or not very experienced in mental health, is on a tight schedule and/or just wants to get it over with quickly, you'll be prescribed some random SSRI and be on your way. Just telling you how it is. I hope this does not happen to you though.
As for the treatment for anxiety/panic, it varies heavily, and often depends on the doctor, treatment can involve (depending on the severity of the condition!):
- Antidepressants (TCA, SSRI etc.)
- Benzodiazepines (short-term treatment)
- Or a combination of any of the above mentioned
For depression, again depending on the severity:
- Or a combination of any of the above mentioned for depression
Treatment for insomnia, insomnia and anxiety or other related is similar to the treatment for anxiety/panic, but can also include:
- Hypnotics, sedatives (could be a benzodiazepine, non-benzodiazepine or z-drug, antidepressant such as Mirtazapine which is a TCA type) etc.
If you experience physical symtoms such as shaking during your appointment with the doc, try not to worry about it too much (yeah, I know, can't help but worry!), doctors expect this and it's a normal/common symptom of anxiety/panic disorders.