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How Can You Naturally Reduce Anxiety And Depression And Take Back Control Of You
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
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
What are some ways for someone to control anxiety and depression orther than medication? I don't want to take pills
Stay active: Exercising regularly and staying physically and socially active would be the key to keep your depression and anxiety under control. Another key is to have a strong support system with your friends and family. So when you have rough times, they are there to listen to you and encourage you along the way. Also find a primary care physician, a psychiatrist and a therapist who will work with you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does coming off antidepressants cause you to lose it's benefits? Will you gain your anxiety or depression back? If so, why do we take them?
Getting off psych: meds. You need to learn strategies to cope w/anxiety or depression or the symptoms can flare again. Cognitive therapy is one way. See "Feeing Good" by David Burns for some self-help. Peace and good health. In Chinese medicine we say "Treat the root, not only the branch." ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have been taking cymbalta 60 mg for depression and anxiety for 2 months now. I was feeling very good till now when the old symptoms came back( confused anxious sad insomnia ). Doc said to take 120 mg for a week 1 month ago and go back to 60 which
Well: 120 mg is a big jump from 60 mg. You may want to take 90 mg daily and see if your symptoms improve. Hope this helps! ...Read more
I have health anxiety and depression. What is safest to take until I get it under control with cbt and therapyPaxil, buspar, (buspirone) samE, medical marijuana?
Depends: In general, antidepressants known as SSRIs such as Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, on Lexapro (escitalopram) are always top shelf treatment for either anxiety or depression. One thing to keep in mind is that for anxiety you need more robust doses than for treatment of depression with antidepressants. Anxiety is always more brittle of the two syndromes to treat. Ask your physician about the main and side effects and risks and benefits of these medications. ...Read more
Anxiety and suppleme: There isn't a body of research showing that any supplement will definitely reduce mood disorder. If you are trying something I always recommend buying smallest bottle so you don't waste your money, and keep a mood diary. FDA doesn't regulate supplements so science is not as good, but even prescribed mood meds work different on different people. St John's Wort might help but may take months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For the most part -: Vitamins ; supplements don't have a major impact on anxiety. Omega 3 fatty acids can help brain health. Passion flower, valerian ; chamomile may help anxiety. Depression may improve with sam-e ; 5- htp. If there are specific deficencies then folic acid, vitamin b6 ;magnesium supplementation may help. ...Read more
There are many: things you can do for depression. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get 8 hours or > of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic exercise is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. ...Read more
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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