Finding Help

Lately I've been the most serious about finding a professional for my depression and other issues, I wen't around calling doctors offices and I felt so incredibly pathetic doing it... but I guess it's the best thing I can do seeing as I haven't helped myself very much. I know I have depression, I think I have social anxiety also.. I'm not sure if a psychologist or therapist will do better for this, but they both can probably help. I have one thing I also want help with, but I'm not sure which kind of doctor I need for this.. I wan't to find someone who can examine my way of thinking and help increase and sharpen my brain power, I've noticed a deficiency in some areas that I'd like to improve.. it's hard to remain confident in my career if I still have to deal with some mental issues, anybody know who I can go to for this last one? neurologist or what? I don't have a clue who to go to for that.

Lookingforhappiness Lookingforhappiness
18-21, M
6 Responses Mar 14, 2009

thank you guys for your input, im glad to see how much feedback im getting. I've never been on any kind of treatment for depression or anxiety.. I have a feeling I have a lot to learn about it, but if it helps at all then I'm more than happy to try it.

I agree with librastar about doing research about the medications if any prescribed to you specially those for anxiety like the benzodiazepines klonopin (clonazepam), valium, xanax. Those medications specially klonopin are very addictive ( I am trying to wane from the last one) I did not took an active part in my treatment so that caused the problem with Klonopin but I was desperate and I took it without asking. that's why it is important that you become an active part in your treatment. In the other hand you need to have some kind of trust on the professionals you choose.

Make sure you research any medications they prescribe. Do not take their word for it. You know works best for you they are just going by a set of guidelines. I was on many meds that only made things worse. Activity is the best med for depression I have found. I have major depression which hits you out of the blue. It is always with you but you have times of total failure when it comes to life. Just don't let these doctors push you around.

Hugs to you dear. I think you should speak to your family doctor, share with them your concerns and maybe steer you in the right direction. I know it is hard seeking help but doctors and thier staff do not judge us, they are there to help. For me treatment has been helpful. It has helped me to understand myself and realize that I have a point where I have to settle myself and limit my activites or I will get "sick." Right now I feel like I am headed in that direction.

It's great that you're seeking some help with your depression and social anxiety. Don't feel pathetic doing it. These are professionals trained in dealing with this. I agree with jc2009, get a diagnosis first from a psychiatrist/psychologist and go from there. They'll suggest the next step and can help put you in touch with the right people. Work on one problem at a time helps too. You can't fix everything immediately. Good luck!

Great you are taking the first step in working with your issues. I recommend that you see a psychologist first so you can get a proper diagnosis for your anxiety get it treat it and if necessary to see a psychiatrist for medication. Good luck in your quest to get out of Depression and anxiety.