I starting seeing my GP because he's one of the only Doctors in the U.S. that I know of - that practices the Ashton Method. Ashton is a Neuroscientist in the U.K. who came up with the best method to withdraw from Benzodiazepines.
I had been on Klonopin for almost 15 years and no Psychiatrist knew how to help me - especially when the Klonopin wasn't working anymore. I have been to many Psychiatrists - some very high esteemed - and had a Harvard educated Psych tell me to "just stop taking it." To me and to anyone who knows anything about Benzos, you can't just stop them. You can have seizures. I went through a downward spiral because of him and couldn't sleep for weeks. Of course I had to find someone to yet again, put me on Klonopin.
Fast forward years later to my GP. He got me off of Klonopin in 3 days. Yes, 3 days! He did this by switching me onto Diazepam (Valium) which has a much smoother withdrawl and a much longer half life.
But now that I've cut down so much (you must take months if not years to do so), I've been having some anxiety issues re-appear and had to take more to calm down. I'd like to see a Psychiatrist just to get some good advice on what to do but in my experience, they either A) OVER medicate you - something my GP doesn't like to do or B) Tend to think that anxiety and panic attacks aren't that serious and therein don't take the medication management that seriously.
I did have a WONDERFUL Psychiatrist (keep in mind, I'm in the NYC area, and you'd think there'd be a plethora of the best Psychs around - not in my experience!) who was willing to work with me and even called me from his Hospital bed to check on ME even though he was very sick and ultimately passed away a few days later. There was no better Doctor than he.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, it's not easy to find someone who is right for you. It could be a GP (btw, my GP is an Internist) and/or it could be a Psychiatrist. But how many do we have to see to feel better?