Hey Steve, yes I'm just seeing a GP cause my insurance doesn't cover psychiatrist and yes now due to lack of income because I'm self employed and not have been able to work as much I can not see a psychiatrist.
That sucks. I know the feeling because I've been out of work due to my generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which had affected my ability to have health insurance, when my anxiety disorder was activated. It sucks not having the insurance to get a decent doctor, and it sucks to not be making as much money as we want, because our brains freak out due to the Generalized Anxiety Disorder. GAD is a beast!
Your right about her not knowing everything about what I am going through cause when I talk to her about it. All she says it's too breath. And she upped my Sertraline from 50mg to 100mg on Monday but yet to do it.
I don't think a doctor will take an anxiety disorder as seriously, unless they've experienced the disorder themselves. Usually a doctor of a similar medical condition will choose a profession akin to their own condition. For example, a doctor with anxiety issues, would choose to be a psychiatrist. Or a doctor with pregnancy concerns or women's health issues would probably be a woman too, since the doctor would relate with her female clients and use the profession to heal her issues too. However, a male doctor would not be as an ideal person to see, if one were a woman with pregnancy concerns or female health issues, if that male doctor didn't keep up to date with those conditions, although he probably may have briefly reviewed it in medical school.
Which is like how many general practitioners are about psychotropic medications,. They know about them, but haven't fully studies them.
I would advise you to get a psychiatrist, since there are programs that will offer you support financially for psychiatric conditions.
Personally I would research every psychiatrist in your area on the internet, and check their stats on ratemds or yelp, because I take my psychiatrist very seriously when managing my health condition.
If we can be as critical about we eat, or what we drive, or who we hang out with, we should critical about our doctors.
However - I don't mean to give you a lecture there - sorry if it came across like that in my tone - I just feel very concerned about my doctors.
But you got to work on with, what you've got, and at least you have a doctor to prescribe meds, so make use of what you have for now. She prescribed the meds, however you'll need more research about how to take the medication, so it's good you found a forum like this to get help.
Again,I don't recommend you jump to 100mg Zoloft this week, or do 50mg jumps. It's just too quick. I would take 12.5mg jumps every week, because I was able to handle smaller jumps, however some people take 25mg jumps. People who jump higher often experience higher anxiety in the next two/three weeks, than someone who increments on smaller doses.
Definitely tell the doctor about the things you've learned on this forum, or through ther research you've accumulated on how to take your medication, because if you feel confident about your medication, you'll feel better much quicker.