Discussion in 'On Topic' started by Kamisama, Jan 21, 2005.
A psychaitrist (sp?) or a psychologist?
Most people would see a psychologist that works with a psychiatrist that can prescribe you medication, if need be.
Yes, that's what I would say too.
assuming Social Anxiety Disorder ...
take the advice above ...
can you just go to a regular doctor?
You can, yes. But its best to see a specialist.
might be necessary to see a regular doc if your insurance requires you see a general practitioner.
I don't know what it's like in your particular city, but usually its hard or impossible to just refer yourself to a specialist. You can't just walk in off the street, you'll generally need a referral. Therefore, start first with your family doctor.
But..whatever works in your neck of the woods.
In the states it would depend on your insurance. If its good, then you can go to anyone you want: psychologist, psychiatrist, etc. and it will be covered. Its its HMO-ish, then you'll need to go to your family practitioner/primary care doctor and get referred. If you are a student, then your school or university may have counseling available.
If you don't have insurance, then call around to different offices, and find one that bills on a sliding scale.
Isn't SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder? ie getting really depressed in Winter?
This is a part of the reason that I moved to Florida