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How to Talk to Your Doctor About Anxiety

Anxiety can already cause enough stress in everyday life, and talking to your doctor about it may be an intimidating prospect. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to go through it alone. Talking to your doctor can be an important step in helping you manage this condition, and your doctor can be a supportive resource to help you come up with a treatment plan that helps alleviate your symptoms.

Of course, just because it’s an important step doesn’t mean that it’s always an easy subject to broach. That’s why we’ve put together this blog, to provide you tips and tools to help prepare you to talk to your doctor about anxiety. Preparing for the conversation can help reduce the stress associated with it and ensure you open up about all of your symptoms so you can get the best treatment possible. Read on to learn more about how to feel confident talking to your doctor about mental health.

Why Is It Important To Discuss Anxiety With a Healthcare Professional?

Anxiety is a mental health disorder that can affect your daily life. The feelings of stress, fear and worry associated with this disorder can make it difficult to work, socialize, go to school and perform other activities. Talking to an experienced healthcare professional is important because it can help you manage these symptoms and live a more healthy and fulfilling life.

Firstly, talking to a healthcare professional can help you get a formal diagnosis. While your symptoms may point to anxiety, you may be dealing with a different condition or multiple conditions. With a diagnosis, you can find out for sure. 

Getting a diagnosis also means that you can explore the treatment options for your condition. A healthcare professional can come up with an evidence-based treatment plan uniquely suited to your condition and your needs. Along with developing a treatment plan to manage your symptoms, a healthcare professional can also help you recognize triggers for your anxiety, so you can avoid exacerbating your condition.

Once your treatment plan is underway, a medical professional can also monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as necessary. When medication is medically appropriate for treatment, they can also prescribe your medication and help you adjust your dosage.

In short, if you want to formally diagnose and treat your anxiety, talking to a medical professional can be crucial. If you feel like you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety or any other mental health disorder, don’t hesitate to speak to your primary care provider. You are responsible for your own medical care, and your well-being should always be a top priority.

Utilizing Telemedicine for Mental Health

It’s common for those suffering from anxiety to feel stressed about everyday tasks – such as going to the doctor. Fortunately, the digital age makes it easier for those with mental health disorders to seek diagnosis and treatment from the comfort of their own home. Rather than going through the ordeal of traveling to an in-person clinic, you can set up a same-day telehealth appointment with a primary care provider at Circle Medical.

Even if going to the doctor isn’t something that triggers your anxiety, it’s still much more convenient to attend your appointment without having to deal with the distance, time constraints and transportation to an in-person clinic. Telehealth works with your schedule, and you don’t even have to leave your couch.

Your primary care provider at Circle Medical can perform all the same services for your anxiety as an in-person provider. You can set up your appointment, get diagnosed, set up treatment plans, get prescriptions when medically appropriate and more.

Overall, telemedicine is a great way to get the mental health services you need comfortably and conveniently. Don’t be afraid to explore this option if you feel it would be helpful to you. Scheduling an appointment with Circle Medical is a great way to find out if telehealth is the way you’d prefer to receive care.

Preparing for Your Appointment

We’ve covered some of the things you can write down to prepare for the appointment, but what about actually talking to your provider? It’s good to have an open and transparent dialogue with them so you can get the best treatment possible for your individual needs. Here are some tips for opening up the conversation with your primary care provider:

  • Be honest - Hiding symptoms from your doctor won’t be helpful. Remember, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, especially when it comes to your mental health. Make sure, to be honest about your symptoms and go into detail about how you’re feeling. Ensure they understand how your symptoms are affecting your everyday life.
  • Be open to questions - Your primary care provider will know what to ask when it comes to understanding your anxiety. Ensure you’re open to their questions as they try to understand the best way to help you. Be as detailed as possible when answering their questions so they understand what you’re going through.
  • Describe your symptoms - We talked about writing down your symptoms earlier, but make sure you describe each of them in detail. Explain your mental and physical symptoms so your primary care provider has a full understanding of your condition.
  • Ask your own questions - Come prepared with a list of questions of your own. We’ll touch on this more later.

Remember, you're not alone in feeling anxious. Opening up to your healthcare professional is an important step toward finding the right treatment and support. With these tips, you can approach the conversation with confidence.

Discussing Treatment Options

If your primary care provider determines you have anxiety and provides a formal diagnosis, the next step will be discussing your treatment plan. Treatment for anxiety is not a one-size-fits-all solution, so be open to your doctor’s suggestions. Also, don’t be afraid to be your own advocate if you feel like some treatment options may work better for you than others. Here are a few of the treatment options you and your primary care provider may discuss:

  • Therapy - Therapy and counseling are often one of the first and best treatment options for anxiety. There are several options for therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, which you can discuss with your primary care provider. Your provider may also provide you with a referral or recommendation.
  • Medication - In some cases, medication may be a medically appropriate solution for anxiety treatment. These medications can help alleviate symptoms. Your primary care provider will need to monitor your experience with the medication on an ongoing basis and adjust the dosage or the type of medication as necessary.
  • Lifestyle changes - Certain lifestyle changes can also help manage anxiety. Diet, exercise, sleep and avoiding triggers can all be part of a treatment plan.
  • Support groups - It can help to not feel alone when you’re struggling with anxiety. In-person or virtual support groups and online forums can give you a way to discuss your condition with others who are dealing with similar struggles.
  • Self-care - Being compassionate with yourself and engaging in self-care practices that you enjoy can also help manage anxiety.

By discussing treatment options with your doctor, you're taking an important step in managing your anxiety and improving your overall well-being. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, and with the right treatment plan, you can take control of your mental health and lead a more fulfilling life.

Addressing Concerns and Questions about Anxiety

At this point, it's important to ask questions and address any concerns you may have.

Some questions you may want to consider asking include:

  • What is causing my anxiety?
  • How can I manage my triggers without affecting my daily life?
  • What are the treatment options available to me?
  • Is medication necessary for my treatment?
  • What are the alternatives to medication?
  • What are the side effects of each treatment option?
  • How long will it take for the treatment to start working?
  • Should I be concerned about my medication not working?
  • How often will we reassess my treatment plan?
  • What therapies are available?
  • Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to help manage my anxiety?

Remember, it's always okay to ask questions. Your doctor is there to help you and will be able to provide information and support. Together, you can create a treatment plan that works for you and helps manage your anxiety.

Setting Up Support

We briefly talked about support and self-care in the treatment section above, but it’s important not to underestimate these two facets of managing anxiety. Having a strong support system can make your journey much easier and less intimidating. Anxiety can sometimes feel overwhelming and isolating, so it can help to have a support system to reach out to when you need it. This support system may include family, friends, your primary care provider, your therapist or counselor and support groups.

Self-care and compassion should also be practiced regularly. Don’t hesitate to take the time you need to read, spend time outside and take breaks as needed. Also, don’t be afraid to set boundaries when you aren’t feeling up to a social situation, or you feel like something might trigger your anxiety. 

Anxiety treatment is an ongoing process, and it’s okay to take things at your own pace.

Talk to a Telehealth Provider Today

Tens of millions of Americans struggle with mental health issues, so don’t hesitate to seek the care you need. To make mental health care even more convenient, you can seek a telehealth primary care provider like Circle Medical. With Circle Medical, you don’t have to make an in-person appointment or drive to the doctor. Our primary care providers can provide you with a diagnosis, treatment plan and prescriptions when medically appropriate. All from the comfort of your home. With the Circle Medical app, you can schedule appointments, follow your treatment plan and more. Ready to make mental health care as convenient as possible?

Get Treatment with Circle Medical

We also offer same-day appointments to make things even more convenient for our patients. Circle Medical works with your schedule so you can get the care you need sooner. Schedule your same-day appointment with Circle Medical today to get started.

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