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How to Get Help
Oct 18, 2010
Hey everybody. I just found these boards while trying to find good info on the internet and I'm hoping someone here can help me or that I can at least find some support here.

Last spring, I left NYC for a better job and generally better living situation in Boston. Everything about my life has been so much better since then. Well, almost everything.

In the end of June/beginning of July, I had four nights in a row where I was waking up after 2-3 hours of sleep and having panic attacks/anxiety attacks. I went to the new general practioner I had in Boston and she responded to my crying, shaking self by telling me to loose weight. I know I'm over weight, but now I'm having attacks with greater and greater frequency. My stomach feels like it's tearing itself apart and I'll be mid-way into hyperventilating before I even wake up. I thought that I was just being a drama queen about these things but my parents came to visit me this past weekend and when I told them about my troubles, they told me that my family has a long history of anxiety leading to depression and they said that a lot of the family blamed the two suicides in our family on anxiety issues and I feel like I need to do something about this.

I don't want to go back to the general practioner that I have. I want to find a new one or a psychiatrist or anything. I feel like I'm going to go insane if I don't get help, but looking through the rows upon rows of lists of doctors online that take my insurance (BC/BS) is making me feel like I'm on the verge of hyperventilating here.

I don't know anybody in Boston and I'm not comfortable asking my new coworkers for advice. Can anyone recommend a solid way online to find a good doctor? Or is there anyone in Boston who knows a good doctor? Or can anybody give me hints about how to figure out who is right for you?

Any advice or help would be sincerely appreciated. I'm really new to this and it's difficult to not feel like things inside my head should be things that I can control on my own. Thanks.

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