If you suspect you or someone close to you may have anxiety disorder, it is best to see your family physician first. Mention to your physician the suspected symptoms and the time of onset.
After examination, your family doctor may refer you to a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is the best person to evaluate you for a final diagnosis. He or she has been trained medically to diagnose an individual with a disorder. A psychiatrist may perform psychotherapy as well as prescribe medication if necessary.
Make sure to follow the treatment plan prescribed to you. Your psychiatrist may be your primary physician for both psychotherapy and pharmaceutical treatments. However, he or she may refer you to a psychologist for counseling. If you have a family, you may also be referred to a marriage and family therapist for further counseling.