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A 33-year-old female asked:

I am struggling with anxiety, panic attacks insomnia and depression although i don't know what triggered it, maybe stress at work? this has not happened to me before. my dr prescribed tryptophan to help sleep and told me to take vit d. tryptophan made me

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Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
May need more: It sounds like your symptoms are recent and reactive and that your doctor suggested an initial approach. Another supplement which helps with sleep is melatonin. However, I would check with your doctor about this. If your,symptoms persist, you may want to speak with a therapist about stress management. In addition, your doctor can prescribe an antidepressant if all of these options don't solve
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety as you describe depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room.
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
INSOMNIA: Good night's sleep is important for physical & mental health. Insomnia might be due to several reasons. Have a physical exam to rule out illness. If cleared consult with a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy that helps you benefit from medication prescribed by a Psychiatrist & possibly a sleep study.
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Last updated Jan 25, 2021

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