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I am experiencing feeling depressed (quality: feelings of despair, feelings of worthlessness) and feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress) . the following also describe me: sadness, mood swings, lack of pleasure, insomnia, and apathy. what sh

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
You can: start w a medical eval. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy can help. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep/night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book" by Dr. David Burns.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Counseling.: Assuming there's nothing medical going on, for consideration of which you may want to visit a medical doctor, then a visit with a psychologist/therapist/counselor would be wise. You may need help with elucidating the cause of this anxiety and depression and developing coping mechanisms.
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
You need : professional help, see a psychiatrist for evaluation, you can use HealthTap as a start, but ultimately, if you need medications, you will need to see a psychiatrist in person, good luck
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
DEPRESSION: You are describing depressive symptoms. First have a physical exam to rule out a physical problem. Please consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy to help you with ZOOM.com sessions. Research indicates with psychotherapy you can change & find better coping mechanisms. If there is a biological reason you are depressed please see a Psychiatrist for medication.

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