High anxiety

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Registered: 04-08-2008
High anxiety
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Tue, 04-08-2014 - 11:32am

Hi. I'm having problems with my anxiety and my doctor recommended a psychotherapist. I've been to a therapist years ago, but never a psychotherapist, though I know my anxiety is much, much more debilitating this go. Anyone gone to a psychotherapist? What's the difference? Should I be worried? My doctor noted that my high anxiety is not made up, rather I take real issues and over-worry, immediately jump to worst-case scenario. 


demecafe

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In reply to: demecafe
Wed, 04-09-2014 - 4:21pm

I think you are worrying (a little joke here) too much about words.  "Therapist" can encompass a wide group of people including a licensed social worker.  Officially I don't know if there is such a license as "psychotherapist"--the person technically would be a psychologist (Ph.D.).  All therapists use their knowledge of psychology to treat people, right?  If you have a severe case of anxiety, you should just go to someone who is very knowledgeable about that to help you.

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Registered: 08-11-2011
In reply to: demecafe
Fri, 04-11-2014 - 11:58am

Hi - I was going to say the same thing as Musiclover said. I've seen a few different types of therapists. The only difference I've noted is in the psychiatrist and the ability to prescribe medication. Otherwise it really is just a matter of how they work with you, which could be their own personal style and how they were trained.