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What to do if antidepressants not helping my anxiety?

What to do if antidepressants not helping my anxiety?

It's not the only tx: Have you tried cognitive behavioral therapy? Behavior modification? Individual psychotherapy? Group psychotherapy? Qi gong? Tai chi? Acupuncture? Acupressure? Homeopathy? Meditation? Yoga? Exercise program? Breathing exercises? Progressive muscle relaxation? Don't just rely on meds to get rid of your symptoms. Take an active and aggressive role in eliminating your anxiety ! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Can antidepressants work for anxiety?

Can antidepressants work for anxiety?

Perhaps: Some antidepressants reduce anxiety, but work best in conjunction with learning how to recognize & manage anxiety through both thought change and physical management (i.e.Exercise). For example, Paxil (paroxetine) is commonly prescribed for social anxiety, but works best when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy. Medicine is great but, anxiety lessens most when we know how to control it. ...Read more

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Does antidepressants help with anxiety too?

Does antidepressants help with anxiety too?

Yes: What have become known as antidepressants are also used as first line treatment of anxiety disorders. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs; ie, sertraline, paroxetine) and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs; ie, venlafaxine), as well as wellbutrin (bupropion) are often prescribed. For more info: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/711111 ...Read more

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Might taking a higher dose of an antidepressant cause you some anxiety symptoms?

Anxiety: In addition to the reasons provided by dr. Coffin, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssri's) may initial lead to an increase in anxious symptoms. The brain gets used to the medications and this usually abates. Ssri's are used to treat anxiety. ...Read more

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How many yrs do it take for an antidepressant to stop working? I am really worried because I am in my 20 's now and taking it for anxiety.

How many yrs do it take for an antidepressant to stop working? I am really worried because I am in my 20 's now and taking it for anxiety.

Good question: The answer depends on many factors that are specific. Please speak with the person prescribing your medication for the best answer. For many people, an antidepressant keeps working and stays effective. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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Why do drs.Always perscribe antidepressants for anxiety and other issues someone may have?&wat nxt if don't help relive4ur particular problem?

Why do drs.Always perscribe antidepressants for anxiety and other issues someone may have?&wat nxt if don't help relive4ur particular problem?

Anxiety: Most doctors prescribe ssris based on research data & their own experience, at least initially. If limited response, several add-on options are available depending on anxiety type, such as clonidine, vistaril, inderal, (propranolol) trileptal, etc. If that fails, changing from augmentation to switching is an option. Keep in mind that medications are only part of tx, which should include behavior therapy, counse. ...Read more

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Is anxiety a symptom of antidepressant discontinuation? If so, how long does it last?

Is anxiety a symptom of antidepressant discontinuation? If so, how long does it last?

It can be: It can be yes. It can also be the anti-depressant was treating the anxiety disorder which has now re-emerged. Two weeks is what the publications generally state, however, genetic variances in metabolic rates and medication responsiveness can shorten or lengthen that period for a few people. Please see a psychiatrist for help! The discontinuation syndrome can be avoided! ...Read more

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Do antidepressants actually help will social anxiety?

Do antidepressants actually help will social anxiety?

Yes They Can: Social anxiety aka social phobia is a persistant and irrational fear of situations that might involve scrutiny or judgment by others, such as parties or other social events. Ssris such as paxil, (paroxetine) prozac, and zoloft are generally first choice medications. Mirtazepine has proven effective as well as maois. Benzodiazepines are commonly used but have a risk of addiction. Psychotherapy can also help. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more