Re: Seeing a psychiatrist for the first time...What to expect?
Hi there! Like you, a counselor referred me to a psychiatrist when I went. When I talked to the psychiatrist, they did ask basic questions about how I feel and what I'm going through. They didn't go into much detail like a counselor would. I also took my own list of questions to take with me, such as about minimizing side effects and what not. It really wasn't bad at all! In fact, I'd say that talking to a counselor goes way more in depth since they talk more about your background and your thoughts. It was also a pretty quick appointment.
Later on when I decided to switch medications, I actually got my anxiety meds from my gynecologist! I know this isn't traditional and probably not the best idea since they do not specialize in the area, but she was actually very helpful and have had many other women ask about it too. She just retired, but had been in that area for many years and surprisingly knew quite a bit about the medications. She offered a lot of good advice and feedback to my questions.
I pretty much did some research of my own FIRST to take a look at which meds I was most interested in. Then I asked the psychiatrist which would be best for my anxiety and depression. I was concerned about gaining weight on medication or sexual side effects, so I asked if they could recommend one with a lesser risk of these things. Then they ask basic health info, like if you are taking any other medication, any health problems, etc. Best of luck to you! I promise it is not bad!!