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Doctors Who Treat Anxiety: Who To See & Why It's Important


Doctors Who Treat Anxiety

When faced with distressing symptoms like panic attacks or anxiety attacks, it's natural to worry about potential underlying conditions. Seeking doctors who treat anxiety is essential to find relief and understand the root cause of your distress. The thing is, while panic and anxiety disorders are common culprits, there are other medical conditions that can manifest with similar symptoms.

In my previous post, I talked about what it feels like to have a panic attack. Today I’ll share my personal experience with anxiety and panic attacks, and name all the doctors I’ve visited before settling on a diagnosis of anxiety and panic disorder.

Before I start, let me remind you that I’m not a doctor, and I do not give medical advice here. What I do in this blog (and in this blog post, in particular) is share my own experience and steps I take to reduce anxiety and panic attacks.

If you have concerns about anxiety or panic attacks, it's essential to seek professional help from a healthcare provider or mental health professional for a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate management.

What is a panic attack?

When I experienced my first panic attack, I didn’t want to believe it was a psychological condition. I didn’t want to admit that it was exactly what it was.

But what is a panic attack, after all? Let me put it this way:

Panic attack is an intense and sudden episode of extreme anxiety and fear that can peak within minutes. The attacks can be distressing and overwhelming.

During my research on the topic, I found out that the diagnosis of a panic attack is known as a diagnosis of exclusion. So I’ve decided to exclude any other conditions that resemble panic or anxiety disorders. To do that, I googled panic attack symptoms first.

It turned out that the symptoms experienced during a panic attack may vary from person to person, yet some common symptoms include:

  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or Shaking
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain or Discomfort
  • Feeling of Choking
  • Nausea or Upset Stomach
  • Dizziness or Lightheadedness
  • Chills or Hot Flashes
  • Numbness or Tingling Sensations
  • Fear of Losing Control
  • Fear of Dying
  • Feeling Detached or Unreal (derealization and depersonalization)

I’ve marked the symptoms I experienced (and still experience from time to time) in bold. And based my list of doctors to visit accordingly.

If you have different symptoms, you may want to include other doctors on the list. To do that, consult your primary care physician first.

Doctors Who Treat Anxiety

Here is the list of doctors I personally consulted after I had my panic attacks. I’ve also included my symptoms where applicable and the prescriptions made.

1. Primary Care Physician (PCP)

My journey to finding the right diagnosis began with a visit to a primary care physician (PCP). PCPs are trained to handle a broad range of medical issues and can conduct a thorough examination to assess the symptoms. They review a patient's medical history, discuss the symptoms, and perform a physical examination to exclude any underlying medical conditions that could be contributing to distress.

When I visited my physician, he measured my blood pressure, took some blood tests and urinalysis. When results came, it turned out I was totally fine. Yet he recommended visiting some specialists to exclude specific conditions not covered by the tests he took.

2. Cardiologist

Cardiologist was the second doctor I visited. The thing is, heart palpitations (which I experienced at that time), chest pain, and shortness of breath can be alarming symptoms often associated with panic attacks. But they can also signify heart-related issues. Consulting a cardiologist can help rule out any heart conditions or irregularities that may be responsible for such symptoms.

The doctor conducted an electrocardiogram (ECG) test, and the results were also fine. Given I’d never had heart issues before, I moved on to the next doctor on the list.


3. Pulmonologist

Sometimes, panic attacks can feel similar to asthma attacks or other respiratory issues, leading to confusion between the two. A pulmonologist specializes in respiratory disorders and can help determine if the symptoms are due to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other respiratory conditions.

It was not my case either.

4. Endocrinologist

The endocrine system plays a crucial role in regulating hormones that can influence mood and anxiety. Conditions like hyperthyroidism or adrenal gland disorders can manifest with anxiety-like symptoms. So, I thought maybe that was my case.

During my visit, the doctor ran some tests which helped exclude those conditions. It turned out though, that my iodine levels were quite low. And so I got my first prescription, which was iodine. I’d say, it started to feel a little bit better in general. But my anxiety symptoms continued, and I still had panic attacks occasionally.

5. Neurologist

Neurological conditions can also present with symptoms that mimic panic and anxiety disorders. Seizures, migraines, and certain brain tumors can lead to anxiety-like sensations or panic attacks.

My neurologist conducted some tests for balance and reaction, which were normal in general, yet she prescribed me some benzodiazepines to take for a month (which I talk about in this post). She also recommended an MRI scan to help diagnose possible cervical spine, head and brain conditions, as well as visiting an ophthalmologist.

Now, the MRI scan was like torture to me. The procedure was painless, yet it caused a severe anxiety in me. The very idea that I needed to lay still and alone for about an hour was shocking. And besides, the noises the MRI machine made were pretty disturbing. So, I’ve decided to make a spine scan first, and wait with a brain scan a bit.

So, the MRI showed no issues with my cervical spine. And when I read the results, I burst into tears. I was hoping to find a physical issue and take some pills to fix it. But the more tests I took, the more I understood it was a psychological problem.

6. Neurosurgeon

A few months passed, and I finally made it to my second MRI scan to check if my brain blood vessels function normally. The scan showed that as well as insufficient oxygen supply in some areas. Now, as a rule, the consultation of a neurosurgeon follows the scan. But, in my case, a visit to a neurologist was recommended.

Well, maybe if things don't get better, I will book an appointment with a neurosurgeon. But as for now, I don’t plan to.

7. Ophthalmologist

The vestibular system, responsible for balance and spatial orientation, is closely related to eye movements. Disorders of the vestibular system can lead to dizziness, vertigo, and a sense of imbalance, which may be mistaken for anxiety or panic attacks.

So my neurologist recommended that I visit an ophthalmologist to check the eye pressure with a test called tonometry. Tonometry measures the pressure inside of your eye by flattening your cornea (the clear part at the front of your eye). The more force that's needed to flatten your cornea, the higher your eye pressure is.

My test went fine. So, I prepared to visit the last doctor on the list.

8. Otorhinolaryngologist (ENT)

Just like an ophthalmologist, an ENT specialist can conduct specific tests to assess the function of the vestibular system and help in diagnosing or ruling out vestibular disorders. Now, my go-to symptoms were (and still are) dizziness and a sense of imbalance. And I wanted to exclude vestibular system issues. The doctor checked my ears, and also asked to describe the exact sensations I felt during the attacks. It turned out, what I thought to be a sign of a fainting coming had nothing to do with the sensations people with vertigo and similar diseases experience.

During a panic attack, I usually feel that I’m going to faint. As if there’s a turn off switch in my head. And it also feels like falling, as if my feet and the whole body become weak. But my hearing is fine (though it’s typical for people with vertigo, let’s say, to go deaf on one ear during the seizure), and the space I’m in doesn’t spin (which is also typical for vestibular system diseases).

This was the last doctor that excluded the conditions other than that of a psychological nature.

Anxiety and panic disorder diagnosis: what’s next?

My experience showed that a precise diagnosis not only was the first step toward a tailored treatment plan, but also was the first step to lower anxiety levels caused by uncertainty. Now that I had proof, I focused on my anxiety and panic disorder treatment.

The next step was to take blood tests for minerals and vitamins deficiencies. In this post I share all the details.

How to Rediscover Yourself When You Feel Lost



How to Rediscover Yourself When You Feel Lost

Feeling lost is a common experience that many of us face at some point in our lives. It can manifest as a sense of confusion, a lack of purpose, or disconnection from our true selves. However, amidst the chaos, there is hope. By learning how to rediscover yourself, with patience, perseverance, and self-compassion, you can find your way back to your authentic self.


A journey of self-exploration and introspection can lead to personal growth, fulfillment, and a renewed sense of purpose. In this article, we will together explore various strategies and techniques to help you navigate the path toward rediscovering yourself when you feel lost.


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Embrace Self-Reflection

One of the first steps in rediscovering yourself is to engage in self-reflection. Take the time to pause, step back from your daily routines, and ask yourself important questions. What are your values, passions, and aspirations? What brings you joy and fulfillment?


Reflect on your past experiences, accomplishments, and challenges, and consider the lessons they have taught you. Self-reflection can provide valuable insights into who you are and what you truly desire in life.

Explore Your Interests and Passions

Rediscovering yourself involves reconnecting with your interests and passions. Engage in activities that ignite your curiosity and bring you joy. Try new hobbies, revisit old ones, or explore creative outlets. 


Whether it's painting, writing, playing an instrument, or pursuing a sport, investing time in activities that align with your interests will help you reconnect with your authentic self.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Growth occurs outside our comfort zones. When you feel lost, it's essential to push yourself beyond familiar boundaries. Stepping outside your comfort zone allows you to expand your horizons, gain new perspectives, and rediscover aspects of yourself that may have been dormant. 


Challenge yourself to try new experiences, meet new people, or learn new skills. Embrace the discomfort that comes with the unknown, as it often leads to personal growth and self-discovery.

Cultivate Mindfulness and Self-Care

Mindfulness and self-care are vital components of the journey toward rediscovering yourself. Practice self-care by prioritizing activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul, such as exercise, healthy eating, and adequate rest. You can start with the 30 Feeling Lost Quotes To Help You Find Yourself post I've shared recently. The quotes there are my favorites, – they inspire me every day of my life.

Taking care of yourself holistically allows you to build a solid foundation for self-discovery.

Seek Support and Connection

Feeling lost can be an isolating experience, but you don't have to navigate it alone. Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or a mentor who can provide support and guidance. 


Joining communities or engaging in group activities related to your interests can also foster connections with like-minded individuals. Sharing your journey with others can offer new perspectives, valuable insights, and a sense of belonging.

Set Meaningful Goals

Setting meaningful goals can provide direction and purpose on your path to self-discovery. Reflect on what you want to achieve in different areas of your life, such as career, relationships, personal growth, and well-being. The Wheel of Life can be very helpful here.


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Break down these goals into actionable steps and set realistic timelines. Working toward your goals will not only help you rediscover yourself but also give you a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment along the way.


To get clear about what you need to change in your life to find balance, joy and contentment, I invite you to join my Free Email Course. You'll be able to evaluate your mindset direction and prepare yourself for taking action to change.

Embrace Change and Adaptability

Life is a series of changes, and embracing them is crucial for self-discovery. Be open to new opportunities, perspectives, and experiences. Embrace the lessons learned from past challenges and use them to grow stronger.


Develop adaptability and resilience, as they will empower you to navigate uncertain times with confidence and grace.


Final thoughts, –

Feeling lost is a natural part of the human experience, but it doesn't have to define your journey. Now that you know how to rediscover yourself, step by step, you can find your way back to your authentic self and enjoy it! Yet don’t forget that rediscovering yourself is an ongoing process that requires a willingness to embrace change. I believe in you. You can make it!


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The Wheel of Life is a great tool that you can use to better understand what you can do to make your life more balanced. Think about the 8 life categories listed in it, and rate them from 1 to 10. Hesitate what to do next? Join my Free Email Course to take the first step to changes.




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How to Live an Aesthetic Lifestyle: 35 Life-Changing Habits

How to Live an Aesthetic Lifestyle

If you wonder how to live an aesthetic lifestyle, you've come to the right place! This post consists of a huge list of small habits that everyone can do. They will help you find balance, joy and contentment in everyday life no matter where you live or if you're in a relationship or not.

Living an aesthetic lifestyle is a journey of self-discovery, inner integrity and appreciation of beauty. Enjoy the process of curating your life and surroundings to create an aesthetically pleasing and fulfilling experience.


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Dining and cooking

  • Make a list of your fav products and put at least one of them on your daily menu.
  • Set the table with the items you love (napkins, candles, cute cups..Well, you got it!).
  • Eat slowly, do not be distracted by the phone, TV and other annoying devices.
  • If possible, share your meal with a person you really like.
  • When eating, pay attention to color, smell, texture and taste.
  • Listen to the feeling of hunger and satiety, find a balance.
  • After eating, reflect on your feelings (or write them down): how the food affected your mood and self-awareness.
  • Discuss your observations with loved ones (especially those with whom you shared a meal).


  • Declutter regularly. Getting rid of the things you don't need really makes a big difference!
  • Tidy up at least once in two weeks to keep things fresh and clean.
  • Incorporate a monthly home cleansing ritual into your routine.
  • Buy flowers (or pick some in your garden) weekly.
  • Light some candles in the evening.
  • Burn incense sticks (alternatively, use essential oils) to create the signature aroma of the house.
  • If possible, maximize natural light in your home. Open curtains and blinds during the day to let the sunlight in, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Style and beauty

  • Try to stick to a slow fashion concept and see how it changes your life (and saves your budget, too)!
  • When buying new clothes or shoes, try to choose quality over quantity.
  • Pick several 'uniform' sets of clothes and shoes that you adore. Rotate them daily to lift your mood instantly.
  • Don't skip your skincare routine.
  • Experiment with your daily makeup and hairstyle. Pick one or two that suit you most and are the easiest for you to recreate daily.

Self-care & personal development

  • Set up a morning routine that you enjoy.
  • Make sure you actually enjoy your free time.
  • Read that book you've been thinking about for ages. And that other one, too!
  • Take pictures every time you see something beautiful.
  • Spend at least an hour a day engaging in something that excites you. This could be anything from photography, painting, gardening, or even pinning something nice on Pinterest.
  • Spend some time in nature. When was your last time walking barefoot?
  • Spend some time alone.
  • Get a gym membership or do a workout session at home. Move your body daily.
  • Write down your thoughts daily. Don't forget to mention the things you're grateful for.

Social life

  • Compliment someone. Even if it's a complete stranger.
  • Give yourself a compliment. Because you deserve it!
  • Look people in the eyes.
  • Listen to people, like really listen, not just hear them talking.
  • Smile 🙂
  • Opt for a charity or donation event. Remember, giving is receiving.


If you adopt just a few of these habits, I guarantee you'll completely change your mind about your life. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, meaning small changes can contribute to your overall well-being.

And if you are serious about living an aesthetic lifestyle, join my free email course to get clear about what you need to change in your life to find balance, joy and contentment & build momentum to take action.


How To Learn Crystal Reiki at Home



If you've been curious about Crystal Reiki and want to learn it from the comfort of your own home, you've come to the right place. In this blog post, I'll guide you through the wonderful journey of learning Crystal Reiki right from the comfort of your own home. So grab your favorite crystals and let's get started!

Now, before we start, I suggest you read my post on how to learn Reiki at home. The thing is, you have to understand the Reiki basics before you begin learning Crystal Reiki, and have at least Level 1 Reiki attunement.

Once you are ready, simply follow the steps below to learn crystal Reiki in the comfort of your home.


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Build Your Crystal Collection

To begin your Crystal Reiki journey, start by gathering a variety of crystals that resonate with you. Crystals like amethyst, clear quartz, rose quartz, and citrine are excellent choices for beginners. Each crystal possesses unique properties that can aid in different aspects of healing. Remember, there are no right or wrong choices—trust your intuition and select the ones that call out to you.

As for me, I've been attracted to crystals and gemstones for as long as I can remember. The first stones I had in my collection were rose quartz, fluorite, amethyst, and selenite. I didn't practice Reiki or crystal Reiki then though. My point is, if you already have a collection of crystals, there's no need to buy additional ones specifically for crystal Reiki learning. You'll buy those later, once you begin your practice.

Study and Research

Before diving into the practical aspects of Crystal Reiki, take some time to study and understand its fundamental concepts. Explore books, online resources, and reputable websites that offer valuable insights into Crystal Reiki. Familiarize yourself with the different crystal properties, chakra systems, and how they correlate to energy healing. This knowledge will provide a solid foundation for your Crystal Reiki practice.

My selection of books is pretty small, yet powerful. I return to them every time I need to learn the properties of this or that crystal (because there are hundreds of them out there, if not thousands) and practice new Reiki healing techniques. So, my top 3 books on crystal Reiki and crystals in general are:


Crystal Reiki by Krista Mitchell 

The Crystal bible by Judy Hall

Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune In to the Real You by Heather Askinosie & Timmi Jandro

I also have Crystal Reiki Manual by Lisa Powers handy which I got when taking an online Crystal Reiki course I will talk about in a second.

Seek Online Courses

Apart from books you can read, you may (and should) take advantage of technology. In fact, learning crystal Reiki from home has never been easier with plenty of online courses and workshops that offer comprehensive training nowadays. Such courses often include video tutorials, manuals, and interactive forums where you can connect with like-minded individuals.

When searching for one, be sure to choose reputable courses taught by experienced crystal Reiki practitioners or instructors to ensure you're receiving accurate and authentic teachings. I've opted for the Crystal Reiki Course by Lisa Powers. In fact, I continued my education right after finishing her REIKI LEVEL I, II & MASTER course.

The most amazing thing about both courses is that you receive plenty of manuals and guides that you can use with no restrictions on your Reiki and Crystal Reiki journey. They all are downloadable and are there for you anytime you need them.

Create a Sacred Space

Once you get enough knowledge, it's time for practice! From my experience, the best way to start is to create your personal crystal Reiki space. To do that, consider transforming a quiet corner of your home into a serene sanctuary dedicated to your Crystal Reiki practice. Decorate it with soothing elements, such as candles, essential oils, and, of course, your beautiful crystals. This sacred space will become your haven—a place where you can relax, meditate, and perform your Crystal Reiki healing sessions.

Meditate and Connect

Meditation is a powerful tool for any energy healing practice. Dedicate some time each day to quiet your mind and connect with your crystals. Hold them in your hands, close your eyes, and allow yourself to tune in to their subtle energies. Focus on your breath and visualize the healing energy flowing through your body. This practice will enhance your connection with your crystals and prepare you for your Crystal Reiki sessions.

I suggest you start with simple practices. As for me, I use meditation practices from the Crystal Muse book mentioned earlier. The great thing about them is that you need only basic crystals, either selenite or quartz (rhinestones) and a few minutes of your time.

Practice Self-Healing

Crystal Reiki is not only about healing others but also about self-healing. In fact, it's the first thing I suggest you do once you have your Reiki certification. Treat yourself to regular crystal Reiki sessions to experience the profound benefits firsthand. Lay comfortably, place the appropriate crystals on your body or around you, and let their energies envelop you. As you practice self-healing, pay attention to any sensations, emotions, or insights that arise. This practice will deepen your understanding of Crystal Reiki and help you grow as a practitioner.

Share and Exchange with Others

Learning crystal Reiki at home doesn't mean you have to practice in isolation. Join online communities, forums, or social media groups dedicated to Crystal Reiki enthusiasts. Engage in discussions, share your experiences, and seek advice from fellow practitioners. By connecting with others, you can expand your knowledge, gain new perspectives, and build a supportive network of like-minded individuals.

And remember, learning Crystal Reiki is a personal journey, and it takes time and practice to develop your skills. Be patient, trust your intuition, and allow yourself to grow at your own pace. With dedication and an open heart, you'll find yourself delving deeper into the incredible world of Crystal Reiki.

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