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Finding a Psychiatrist

It is not always a simple chore to find a good psychiatrist but with some searching and some work you can succeed at finding one who suits both your unique personality as well as the problems you are having. The first thing you will want to do is to formulate a list of potential psychiatrists and then take the time to call each one and decide for yourself which one on the list is right for your personal life situation.

Where to look for a psychiatrist

The insurance company you deal with or the HMO you are a part of is likely to be able to provide you with a list of psychiatrists for you to consider. Many psychiatrists only see patients who have been referred by their family doctor so find this out before you do anything else and/or waste time trying to contact the psychiatrist on your own. You can get a referral for a psychiatrist from a variety of sources be it the general practitioner you go to, another therapist or any healthcare professional that you deal with.

If anxiety is your problem you might want to consider looking online for some general help. Join an online anxiety disorders support group (or groups) and see if any of the individuals in the forum can point you in the right direction when it comes to a psychiatrist. Always remember however to be careful about what information you give in an online forum to strangers. Check out online databases such as the state mental health resources for information as well. You might also want to join a local anxiety disorders support group in your own community and from there you can speak to other people about the psychiatrists they go to. Word of mouth referrals are sometimes the best kind.

What to ask a professional

You know what has brought you to the psychiatrist so be aware that the more specific you can be at uncovering the problem you are having, the more help a psychiatrist can be for you.

Ask the psychiatrist how long he has been practicing and where he took his medical training. Ask him if he specializes in anxiety disorders (if that is what has brought you to his office) and if not then how much experience he has helping patients with anxiety problems? How much therapy can the psychiatrist provide you with or will you also have to seek out the assistance of a trained therapist, such as a psychologist?

Continue to ask more questions of the psychiatrist until you feel comfortable enough that you have enough information. What fees does the psychiatrist charge and is it covered by insurance? Some visits to psychiatrists are completely covered by insurance plans while others are partially covered. What will happen during your first session with the psychiatrist? (i.e. what type of questions will he ask and what subjects will be covered?).How often will you need to return to the psychiatrist and if you run into problems with your medication can the psychiatrist easily be reached?


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