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Old 08-02-2020, 05:40 PM
 
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Three things I've had all weekend:
1. Constant dread
2. Foggy brain
3. Self doubt


I know I have the ability to do my job, but for some reason I've lost all confidence. People don't realize how I feel because I'm good at hiding it. I'm tired of it. I've lost my passion for the education field.


So I want to see a doctor, but I have no idea what kind of doctor I should see. I don't have a primary doc because typically I only go to my yearly visits with my OB. Any words of advice? I feel like I may need an anxiety med or something. I've never taken anything, but I don't know how much more I can take. Not doing well.


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First, I hope you feel better! I'm sorry you are feeling this way. I think you are right to seek help with a doctor.

The way I see it, you have 3 choices:

-Do you have an annual visit coming up? If so, I would start there, rather than making another appointment. If the OB/GYN can/feels comfortable prescribing some type of medicine, he or she will. If not, he or she might be able to refer to someone else. There are so many different options out there and people respond differently to all of the meds, so the OB/GYN might not feel comfortable or have the experience of knowing what's best.

-You could see a GP. Even if you just call the main office and ask to get in to see someone. My GP always refilled my prescription for Prozac and when I went off of it and then wanted to get back, I went to her and she started me on it again.

-A third option would be a psychiatrist/specialist in behavioral health. I would highly recommend this option just because there are so many meds available to help with this and different people respond differently to different meds. I feel a specialist in this area would have seen more patients and dealt with many different meds to help with depression and anxiety that he or she would be the best help for you. However, often you need a referral to see one of these (at least I did). Also, they often have a full schedule, so it may be awhile to get an appointment, which is a down fall.
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After I posted, I thought of an another idea. I'm not sure if it's possible or an option, but I wonder if there are psychiatrists/behavioral specialists who do Telehealth. I wonder if that would be easier to get an appointment.

You could also do Telehealth a GP and see what they suggest. I found Telehealth (at least what I used through my insurance) to be very easy to use, reasonable, and quick to get an appointment. I also trusted the advice/diagnosis I got.
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I have as always been an anxious person and I take a daily medication for it. I was able to get a prescription from a family physician. You don't have to make an appointment with a psychiatrist or any type of specialist. Look for a general physician or family medical center close to you. The practitioners that work there are accustomed to these symptoms. Please call tomorrow. Don't wait. It can take several weeks for the prescription to work and you need to be better to handle this school year. I hope you feel better soon.
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Iím so sorry you are so stressed
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Anxiety is real and difficult to manage.

You should have a number to call for your doctor or health care provider. Call your OB GYN if that is the only contact you have. Leave a message, ask to be called back immediately. Your OB can get you in to see another doctor or refer you elsewhere.

Check your health care providerís website. There should be more information there about how to be seen for physical and mental needs.

Check local information for hotlines and services. Your local city should have something.

Call and talk to a trusted friend or family member.

Feeling desperate? Go to the Urgent Care at your local hospital. Any ER will see you and refer you to the proper person.

Feeling really desperate? Call 911. (Note, Iím not saying you are or might be this desperate. But I have family members who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks and this situation can get serious fast.)

Iím sorry you are going through this! You arenít alone.


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Teacherbee's idea for Telehealth is also a good option.
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I was seeing a therapist for a while, see a psychiatrist for a med check. Lately it has been over the phone.

Try calling NAMI, they are for mental health.
https://www.nami.org/Home

Sending positive thoughts your way.
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My gyno was the first one to prescribe anxiety meds for me. They were to help with early menopause symptoms. Once I had a hysterectomy, I asked to stay in the meds because I felt way better.

I plan to ask about a dosage increase at my next appointment with my primary doc. (I was released from gynecologist care because I donít have any of those parts anymore.)
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Thank you all for the replies and uplifting positivity. You have given great advice about where to start. You are so appreciated!
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Old 08-03-2020, 06:25 AM
 
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Do you have an employee assistance program? My school board has one where you can access mental health services and they will find you a therapist/psychiatrist in your area. At least a few visits are paid for.


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I'm so sorry you're feeling this way! I like the advice given above. Here also are a list of crisis hotlines, if you need them. I know from when I was looking at them in the past that the one that says, "Crisis Text Line" isn't just for suicidal dangers, but for any type of emotional crisis. They aren't meant for ongoing treatment, but these are options if you need some immediate support.



https://www.betterhelp.com/gethelpnow/
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