I have awful anxiety and really over the top, easily changing emotions and mood swings. Through my college I've been seeing a councillor for over a year and they tried to make me see a nurse, however, we did not get on and I was too scared to see her again. I'm tired of getting no where with my councillor as it ends up with me bringing up things from the week that have upset me/caused worry and it makes it start all over again and I get in terrible situations and moods where I just can't do anything but wallow in self pity. I need to see a GP but I don't know what qualifies a person for medication?
kat798, I have had alot of experience with anxtety since I suffer from PTSD and recently have been diagnosed with a movement disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. First of all, have hope, there is a lot of help available. My PTSD was so bad I've been in several psychiatric hospitals and was very dysfunctional for a long time. That being said, I am now a college graduate with a successful career as a substance abuse counselor. My suggestion to you is to see a psychiatrist for medication along with a good therapist to help you develop tools to cope. Be honest with your psych and if you need meds just be careful that you are not overmedicated as this can adversely affect your ability to function also. Remember though, that medication is not the only answer, you also need to address the issues that are causing the anxiety with a competent caring counselor. If you go to a psychiatrist with the willingness to also attend therapy he/she should feel more comfortable prescribing medication. Explain that your anxiety is affecting your social, occupational and educational functioning. Make sure you research any medication that is prescribed as some can be very dangerous. If the psychiatrist does not listen, exhibit empathy or seems to rush you, find someone else. In the same respect while it is your counselor's job to listen, they should also be proactive in suggesting exercises, homework and coping skills to move you toward a solution to your high levels of anxiety. Let them know you are not interested in living in the problem, you want to work on the solution. I would be happy to suggest some coping tools for anxiety but will not do so unless you ask. I hope this information has been helpful to you and I wish you the best in your recovery! Lisa Z.
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