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I have generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, and agoraphobia. It's been getting worse and worse and I need medication.

I have generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, and agoraphobia. It's been getting worse and worse and I need medication.

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or 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. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Severe panic in with Agoraphobia and GAD and health anxiety. I take high dose Xanax XR and Zoloft. Weaning from Zoloft to Prozac having extreme anxiet?

Severe panic in with Agoraphobia and GAD and health anxiety. I take high dose Xanax XR and Zoloft. Weaning from Zoloft to Prozac having extreme anxiet?

Add therapy: Certainly the medication may be adjusted as there are various choices in a situation and some people may respond better to one medication as compared to another. Therapy should probably be added to the treatment mix as there are various techniques that may be helpful in reducing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can i take Lexapro (escitalopram) for social anxiety and mild depression?

Can i take Lexapro (escitalopram) for social anxiety and mild depression?

Sure: It may be very helpful for both - the best option is to combine that with talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy). ...Read more

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I have depression and anxiety lost all hope?

I have depression and anxiety lost all hope?

Don't Lose Hope!: If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, please be seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you. If need be, you can call 911 for emergency services ; they can provide transport. When a person is depressed they often feel despair ; come to believe that things can't get better. But there is hope. Allow others to provide you w support ; to help you see the >. ...Read more

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Having panic attacks and depression need help?

Having panic attacks and depression need help?

See an MD: Depression and panic attacks have good treatment options not available over the counter ...Read more

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I suffer pretty bad anxiety/social anxiety/paranoia and clinical depression and was thinking of trying paxil (paroxetine). Does it help?

I suffer pretty bad anxiety/social anxiety/paranoia and clinical depression and was thinking of trying paxil (paroxetine). Does it help?

It can be beneficial: Discuss medication options with your treating medical provider. Here are some basic things that can go hand in hand w your medication treatment: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, >. ...Read more

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I quit Prozac (fluoxetine) after 10yrs. Suicidal ideation, depression, and insomnia decreased post-prozac but anxiety increased. How can I treat anxiety now?

Other treatements: There are two different approaches to treating anxiety, even after 10 years. Psychotherapy is a very effective option. Sticking with medication, there are other medications besides Prozac that treat anxiety and depression. A different ssri, such as zoloft (sertraline) or Celexa is an option, as well as choosing a medication from a completely different class, such as remeron. ...Read more

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I've been having depression and increased anxiety. I take 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) my mood is better but anxiety worse in certain situations. What wi help?

I've been having depression and increased anxiety. I take 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) my mood is better but anxiety worse in certain situations. What wi help?

Discuss with your MD: It takes about 4-6 weks before you get the full effect of lexapro (escitalopram). You have to wait. Then the dose can be increased to 20 mg. Anxiety usually requires a higher dose than depression. Also the anxiety emerges while depression lifts because you have to face the stressors of world as you get better. ...Read more

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I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

Several to consider: If you have a bipolar type of depression, then using a 'mood stabilizer' would be the first choice, not an antidepressant. Ask your md which ones would be possible with you. ...Read more

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I suffer from anxiety and depresion. Can i take Zoloft and pristiq (desvenlafaxine) along with xanax..

I'm old fashioned: I have a feeling that more and more people are self diagnosing and selecting the drugs the want to take. I'm almost always against this idea. Helping your doctor make these decisions is fine - even important - but i think it should be their responsibility. Please discuss this with the doctor and work together. ...Read more

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Social withdrawal and apathy, am I depressed?

Social withdrawal and apathy, am I depressed?

Maybe...: Especially if you're also feeling blue, down in the dumps & sad (for at least couple weeks), and your sleep & appetite is somewhat disturbed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Slowly decreasing off zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety. Can a withdrawal symptom be depression? Tired and very unmotivated lately.

Slowly decreasing off zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety. Can a withdrawal symptom be depression? Tired and very unmotivated lately.

Zoloft (sertraline) Dose: I hope that your physician is supervising your Zoloft (sertraline) dose reduction because if you have been on it for any length of time, the titration to zero needs to be medically supervised so that you do not experience serotonin syndrome. Also, was any thought given to what antidepressant will replace the Zoloft (sertraline) once you are completely off of it? It sounds like you need an alternative antidepressant. ...Read more

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If Lexapro helped me with my social anxiety and depression, could Paxil (paroxetine) help me more?

If Lexapro helped me with my social anxiety and depression, could Paxil (paroxetine) help me more?

Possibly: Lexapro and Paxil (paroxetine) are both effective for depression and anxiety. Some people do not tolerate side effects of one or another. Others don't respond to adequate trial of maximum doses. Then a switch is indicated. Before switching, your doctor should adjust the dose for a while to check for better effect and diminished side effects. ...Read more

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I have GAD and depression can brintellix Help me specially for GAD panic attack?

I have GAD and depression can brintellix   Help me specially for GAD panic attack?

Possible: As you probably know, Brintellix is a fairly new drug and works on a specific subtype of serotonin which makes it a bit different than the other SSRI's. While most SSRI's work for both depression and generalized anxiety disorder - only some have been found to be efficacious in panic disorder. Unfortunately the research is still ongoing for right now. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Im on Zoloft and Buspar (buspirone) and Risperdal for deeprassnt can Risperdal bi replace to remeron? For insomnia and anxiety and deeprassnt? ??

Different rationale.: The Buspar (buspirone) is often used for anxiety but it may take time for it to work. Zoloft is an antidepressant of the SSRI class , Risperdal is an antipsychotic but is used in small doses for severe anxiety. Remeron is an atypical antidepressant and is used more to stimulate appetite or improve your sleep. Please discuss this with your doctor. He has specific reasons for the use of each drug. ...Read more

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Is it severe if I have OCD, major depression disorder treated with Lorazepam and Prozac (fluoxetine) and I'm cutting myself and thinking about suicide?

Is it severe if I have OCD, major depression disorder treated with Lorazepam and Prozac (fluoxetine) and I'm cutting myself and thinking about suicide?

Get help now.: This is serious.If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, please be seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you. If need be, you can call 911 for emergency services & they can provide transport. You can call the National Suicide hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. Consider dialectica Behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from depression for about 2 years now. How can I alleviate these feelings of depression and social anxiety?

I have been suffering from depression for about 2 years now. How can I alleviate these feelings of depression and social anxiety?

Get help!: Anxiety and depression go hand-in-hand. There are many ways to attack these problems. I would look for a psychologist who practices cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) as this has great evidence for both anxiety and depression. Of course, medications are helpful too. I would consult your doctor for further advice. ...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