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I am experiencing feeling anxious that gets worse with psychological stress, that is unaffected by caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, soda, etc.), feeling depressed specifically feelings of worthlessness, specifically feeling smothered, and not including fe

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Anxiety/Depression: For starters try the following: go for walk or do activity (exercise reduces stress and feelings of depression), improve sleep, talk to loved one or friend.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Have you gotten help: Your Dr. can assess for mood D/O & underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psych meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Sleep at least 8 hrs/ night & eat healthfully. Daily exercise is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi or qi gong.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
ANXIETY/DEPRESSION: 1st 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. With psychotherapy you can change & find better coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and with Depression that makes it hard to cope with stress. Medication can be helpful prescribed by a Psychiatrist.

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