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What is the best depression/anxiety pill?

What is the best depression/anxiety pill?

Depends: There are several classes of antidepressant and anxiety medications. The best for you depends on your symptoms, your medical status, your family medical history, and emotional state. In addition, psychotherapy is often effective without medication. Consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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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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Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Unsure: While not really a depressant, marijuana may not help a person to feel motivated, which is often missing in depression! it might temporarily mask emotional pain, but in excess can lead to problems. Some research suggests it can potentiate mental symptoms--and results were not simply due to ill people self-medicating. And it can lead to jail. That's depressing / scary. Psychiatrists, gps? ...Read more

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What medications for depression/anxiety will not make you gain weight?

What medications for depression/anxiety will not make you gain weight?

Uncertain: Antidepressants impact people's weight differently. Many considered to be "weight neutral" actually lead some people to gain. Only Wellbutrin (bupropion) has consistently not led to weight gain, but it is in a. Different class than the more commonly used SSRI's. Anxiety meds usually benzodiazepines do not cause weight gain but are habit forming. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with depression / anxiety without medication?

What is a good way to deal with depression / anxiety without medication?

Depression treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, support groups, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), journaling and light therapy. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. ...Read more

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How do I help my long distance boyfriend understand my depression/anxiety?

How do I help my long distance boyfriend understand my depression/anxiety?

What do U mean?: Is he asking u to do things u don't feel comfortable doing? U have to be careful what u do . Since many try to take advantage of yung girls. However, if u feel depressed and anxious u can talk with u pcp about it and will help u ...Read more

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What are signs that you need proffesional help for your depression/anxiety?

What are signs that you need proffesional help for your depression/anxiety?

Agree w Dr. Ali: If you have functional impairment (sleep, appetite, hygiene, work performance, social interactions) and your quality of life has dropped - those are reasons to obtain professional help. Why suffer when you can be helped? Take care. ...Read more

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Returning to work after depression/anxiety issues. How do I assimilate quickly?

Returning to work after depression/anxiety issues. How do I assimilate quickly?

Healthy Lifestyle: It is important to continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle in addition to medical treatment for depression and anxiety including exercise, good nutrition, sleep and social supports to continue to work towards remission. ...Read more

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What are some signs that you need professional help with your depression/anxiety?

What are some signs that you need professional help with your depression/anxiety?

Impairment /Severity: You definitely need help if depression or anxiety are causing significant impairment in your quality of life. You also definitely need help if you are feeling the symptoms are severe or you are feeling desperate or suicidal. ...Read more

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Can there be anything i can do/take naturally that will end my depression/anxiety?

Maybe: It depends on the severity of the depression. For mild depression alternative treatments which may help include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements (i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), and support groups. Vitamin d, omega 3 and a b complex can also be beneficial. Please see a medical professional if your symptoms worsen or do not improve. ...Read more

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What's a good way for us to help people with depression, anxiety or other mental illhealth?

Be supportive: If you have any friends or family with a mental illness, be supportive. It is also important to educate yourself on the illness. Nami is a support organization for mental illness and can be a good resource for education and awareness. ...Read more

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I think i've got both depression + anxiety. Will i need medication for both? Is this harmful?

Don't worry: Try not to worry too much. Some medications can be used to treat both (like serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Just remember that treatment outcomes are better if psychotropic medication is bolstered with talking therapy (like cognitive behavioral therapy). ...Read more

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Help please! could depression, anxiety and somatisation be understood as appeasement displays?

Help please! could depression, anxiety and somatisation be understood as appeasement displays?

Possible: Everyone's situation is unique although you are thinking about what psychoanalysts would find interesting in that you are considering the second order effects of psychiatric symptoms in the context of relationships. These phenomena are fundamental and some postulate they are at times unconscious. Through intensive individual psychotherapy they could be deciphered. Talk to a therapist or md! ...Read more

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How does depression/anxiety affect a life? How many people eventually get off the medications?

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How does depression/anxiety affect a life?  How many people eventually get off the medications?

Depends: Severity varies but depresion and anxiety could consume a person's life. Most people could be taken off medication after a year of remission from a first depression episode. ...Read more

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Can you name some of the most common causes for getting bad grades? Would depression, anxiety and poor confidence be causes? yes or no

ACADEMICS: - Sub-optimal study habits/technique - Learning Disabilities - Poor sleep habits - Improper Diet - Less-than-ideal study environment And yes, depression & anxiety could play a role. I would seek out counsel from your doctor... though a school counselor might be a better starting point. You may also find help from pastoral counseling. ...Read more

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My ex has depression & anxiety & says he can't be with me because of it. He also constantly needs time away from me & distances himself. Any advice?

I would respect his: space. Since he is already an 'ex' that means that a breakup does not need to occur for more interpersonal distance to occur. It sounds like he is aware of what he needs and is trying to communicate that to you. Take care. ...Read more

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How important is it to get a routine down again when dealing w depression/anxiety? I feel I need to deal w it 1st but not having 1 doesn't feel good

How important is it to get a routine down again when dealing w depression/anxiety? I feel I need to deal w it 1st but not having 1 doesn't feel good

??: I think you need to restate your question. Not sure what you mean by "routine down." If you mean a physical exam - then yes if you are due for one or something has significantly changed in your health go get one. ...Read more

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I m miserable have depression anxiety.Major losses life changes past 5 yrs. I can't quit self sabatoging everything.Cant get happy.Dont know what i wan?

Take a deep breath: It sounds like u are experiencing some major issues and are looking for help. It is important to sort through things with a trusted person or professional. Rather than accusing yourself of self-sabotage, think about issues individually and what u did that didn't help achieve your goal. If this has been going on for weeks and /or u are thinking of hurting yourself, get professional help. Breathe. ...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