All anxiety disorders can be treated by a wide range of mental health professionals. These include psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers and psychiatric nurses.
Doctors (MD’s) are increasingly aware of the problems of anxiety disorders and depression which makes diagnoses more frequent.
Remember you have a choice of therapies – drug free if you wish – and therefore a choice of therapist too.
A Doctor may prescribe medication or refer a patient to a mental health provider.
It’s important you find the right therapist.
One of the prime considerations is that you feel comfortable with them. SO make sure you talk to the therapist, either by phone or in person in their office. Above all, don’t be embarrassed and remember they are there to help you.
1 in 20 people have some sort of anxiety disorder, so you can be sure they are not going to think you are odd or peculiar.
However, if you do feel uncomfortable, ask to see someone else. The therapist will understand this and will help you find someone you feel more able to work with.
Questions to ask a prospective therapist
Any therapist will be willing to answer any questions you may have about methods, training and fees.
To get you started, here are some questions you may want to ask a therapist during a consultation:
What training and experience do you have in treating anxiety disorders?
What is your basic approach to treatment?
Can you prescribe medication or refer me to someone who can, if that proves necessary?
Do you include family members in therapy?
How frequent are treatment sessions and how long do they last?
How long is the course of treatment?
What kinds of health insurance do you accept?
What is your fee schedule, and do you have a sliding scale for varying financial circumstances?
Will you or a staff member go to the home of a phobic person, if necessary?