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Anxiety. That ball of nerves in your gut, the thumping heart, the never-ending fuss can be too much. So, if you’re dealing with anxiety, medication might be on your list of treatment considerations. But who can prescribe it? Let’s go through the different medical professionals that can provide relief.

Trust Your Family Doctor – The Jack-of-all-Trades

Most people begin with their primary care physician (PCP) when it comes to anxiety concerns. Your PCP knows your background in health and can evaluate accordingly. They can diagnose anxiety disorders, eliminate any medical conditions that may be causing anxiety, and prescribe necessary medications.

The Specialists – Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners

For more intricate instances of anxiety, a general doctor may suggest you see a specialist. There are two leading professionals:

Psychiatrists: These doctors went through extra schooling to specialize in mental health. They can diagnose anxiety disorders, provide therapy, and prescribe medicine.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (NPs): These nurses completed additional training in mental health beyond registered nursing degrees. They are capable of diagnosing/treating anxiety disorders, prescribing medication as well as often collaborating with psychiatrists.

Who’s Right for You? Matching Your Needs With The Perfect Fit

Different healthcare providers serve different purposes depending on individual needs and severity levels of anxieties, so there is no “best” one-size-fits-all solution, but here are some guidelines:

Begin with your PCP if mild-moderate level unless you feel comfortable enough starting elsewhere due to a preexisting relationship.

Consider seeing a specialist if a severe case where day-to-day activities get interrupted frequently or initial attempts at treatment fail (psychiatrist/psychiatric NP).

Finding the Right Partner in Treatment

It is essential that whoever becomes part of your healthcare team should make you feel safe discussing anything, so choose wisely by asking these questions:

Do you have experience treating anxiety disorders?

What kinds of medications do you usually prescribe for people with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?

What are some common side effects of these drugs? Are there any less common but more serious ones I should know about, too?

Do you offer cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in addition to drug therapy like anti-anxiety meds?

Medication is Just One Piece of the Puzzle

Keep in mind that medication is not always the answer. There may be other treatments such as talk therapy, self-help techniques, or lifestyle modifications that can be just as beneficial, if not more so, in dealing with & living positively despite having an anxious disposition. Discussing what would work best given your unique situation and personal history with a chosen healthcare provider is essential.

Taking Charge of Your Wellbeing at Wholesome Clinic Can Help

At Wholesome Clinic, we get it – dealing with anxiety isn’t easy. Therefore, our team of expert providers – including PCPs, psychiatrists, and psychiatric NPs – will collaborate to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. We understand everyone is different and offer virtual and in-person consultations for your convenience. So, don’t wait any longer to start feeling better – visit our website or call us today!