Should I be worried about switching back to my old psychiatrist?
- 20 Jan 2017 by kmellifluous
- 15 Feb 2017
- effexor, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, clonazepam, disorder, psychiatry
For years I have suffered from OCD, panic & anxiety disorder, and depression. About a year ago I finally decided to get help and started visiting a therapist and psychiatrist. I was in treatment for a few months before I had to move unexpectedly & had to stop going to my doctors. I know I should have called instead of quitting my meds entirely, but my social anxiety prevented me from doing so. So now it's been about 6 months since i've taken my meds, and I decided to go to a doctor close to where I live. However, I was VERY uncomfortable with the new doctor on my first visit & the wait was over an hour. I went to only one appointment and filled the prescription, but I do not want to go to the doctor I feel uncomfortable with & I havent taken his prescription. I want to go back to my old doctor even though it is about an hour drive, i'd rather feel comfortable and be with a doctor I like because the nature of a psychiatrist visit is very personal. However, I am worried that they will think I am "doctor shopping" which I am not, I just want to see a doctor I am comfortable with (my old doctor). I am also worried my old doctor will be upset with me for discontinuing my medication. Any advice or thoughts?
I understand your pain. However please let me reassure you a little if I can. It is completely acceptable to feel more comfortable with one doctor over another. You MUST go back to the doctor you prefer! There's no shame from it at all! Yes it is a longer drive but if that is fine with you then that's the only negative from changing. Also - given that you suffer from social anxiety, just explain to the doctor that you struggled to go back for your refill. Your doctor will understand. If they don't then they're a terrible doctor. However the fact that you are more comfortable with then tells me that they will be completely fine! Your doctor will have experienced this with patients many many times before. They are there to help you. Not the other way around so please stop giving yourself a hard time over something that many people have done before without giving it a second thought ok?
You're normal! You just second guess and analyse yourself more. I'm the same!! I think I would be a very good idea to book an extended appointment and actually speak this whole concern through with them as maybe they can be useful in helping your anxiety further. Also have you looked into mindfulness and or meditation?
Please let us know how you get on. Take care :) xxx
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