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How to cope with general anxiety and panic attacks without medication?

How to cope with general anxiety and panic attacks without medication?

CBT and Therapy: I would suggest finding a skilled cognitive behavioral therapist who "specializes" in anxiety disorders. This approach would likely be time-limited, collaborative, include homework, and provide tools to combat anxiety, panic, and worry. Again, search someone who's primary foci are anxiety disorders and "cbt, " which is a gold standard, non pharmacological treatment. ...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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Is it possible to overcome social anxiety and depressive symptoms without using medication?

Is it possible to overcome social anxiety and depressive symptoms without using medication?

Possible, Yes...: But whether u take medications or not, it can be very hard. It's important to clearly establish what u are struggling with. Consult w/ a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist 4 a careful diagnosis. If you have Social Anxiety Disorder, I'd suggest learning more about it & understanding the behavioral approaches that can help you overcome it. See anxietybc.org for very helpful information. ...Read more

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How can I overcome anxiety and depression?

How can I overcome anxiety and depression?

See below: Finding out triggers is like looking for patterns -- keep diary of the events -- what happened, how you felt before the event, how did the event make you feel; what helped you deal with the feelings and what didn't. Establish sleep hygiene and self-care routine. Look at positive aspects of your life and your own self, focus on activities that bring you a sense of joy. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to treat anxiety without medication?

How to treat anxiety without medication?

Anxiety without med: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read more

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How to deal with depression and OCD symptoms without any therapist?

How to deal with depression and OCD symptoms without any therapist?

See your doctor: Start with your primary care doctor. You can be evaluated and begin treatment there in case there is a problem with psychiatry referrals. ...Read more

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How to deal with depression, anxiety and paranoia?

How to deal with depression, anxiety and paranoia?

Get professional: Help. Rather than be miserable - accept assistance. Start out with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. This will help with development of an individualized treatment plan. It is likely that psychiatric medications may be indicated. Talking therapy is very important. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often effective. Take care. ...Read more

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How to battle insomnia without medication?

How to battle insomnia without medication?

Many options: Good question, as medication should be a last resort! practice sound "sleep hygiene." try relaxation techniques & consider 5-htp, magnesium, valerian and other natural remedies. For much more info see http://www.Psychologytoday.Com/blog/owning-pink/201106/how-treat-insomnia-naturally & http://altmedicine.About.Com/cs/conditionsitoq/a/insomnia.Htm & http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art02037/sleep-aid. ...Read more

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How can a psychiatrist treat depression without giving any medications?

How can  a psychiatrist treat depression without giving any medications?

Depression treatment: Therapy is a valid treatment for depression. Psychiatrists are trained in psychotherapy as well as medication. Many psychiatrists do less therapy because there is such a need for medication treatment, and insurance makes it harder for them to get reimbursement for therapy versus medication treatment. You are very close to musc which has a great psychiatry department. Contact them! good luck! ...Read more

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What can I do to cope with depression without medication?

What can I do to cope with depression without medication?

Therapy+: Among the non-medication options, psychotherapy (cbt/ipt) has the best evidence supporting its effectiveness. There are many other options - sam-e, exercise, light therapy, certain omega-3 fatty acids, but studies supporting them are few and involved small number of patients. ...Read more

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How can depression and anxiety be treated effectively without medication?

How can depression and anxiety be treated effectively without medication?

CBT...: Connect with a good psychologist. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a proven treatment for both depression and anxiety. ...Read more

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How can depression/social anxiety medication work?

How can  depression/social anxiety medication work?

Exact Method Unknown: To this day no one knows exactly how medications for depression and social anxiety work. A common theory is an overall deficiency in certain neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and norepinephrine, cause the symptoms. The medications act to elevate the neurotransmitter levels and reduce symptoms. Other medications tend to calm overall brain activity. Much hard work and research lies ahead. ...Read more

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Can I relieve anxiety and depression without medication or therapy?

Often yes: Almost everyone suffering anxiety and/or depression tries to relieve it first without professional help. Many succeed. Exercise, good nutrition, self-help books, relaxation training, ; many other approaches can help. However, if these aren't enough, it is time to seek professional assistance, which will often include meds and/or therapy. ...Read more

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How can I cope with social anxiety and depression?

How can I cope with social anxiety and depression?

Coping: Medications and therapy have a higher likelihood of improving most anxieties and depression than either one of these treatments alone. Seeking treatment with a psychiatrist and a therapist are your best options when coping with these illnesses. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to overcome performance anxiety and public speaking anxiety?

Can you tell me how to overcome performance anxiety and public speaking anxiety?

There are a few : Techniques that can work fairly quickly. Cognitive behavioral therapy using progressive desensitization (learning to relax ; then imagining the phobic event (public speaking) from least to most anxiety provoking image while relaxed. I usually do this using hypnosis as a relaxation technique, but you can use other relaxation methods. Find a therapist ; you will be able to get relief fairly quickly. ...Read more

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How to manage bipolar without medication?

How to manage bipolar without medication?

A Dr who believes!: I believe it can be done in mild to moderate cases, but I know that it's not easy. You need to find a Psychotherapist who has had success with this and you need to really work well together. You'll be learning several types of skills and practice w/ tolerance for errors is needed. Planning around your pattern. Good support. Firm self-discipline. No foolishness. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the best ways to manage anxiety and panic without meds?

What are the best ways to manage anxiety and panic without meds?

Many : I agree with dr. Fowler's suggestions, and want to add the option of psychotherapy with a skilled professional. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one -- but not the only -- form of therapy that can help anxiety and panic. Choosing the best methods to help, depends on the clinical situation. Some people do respond well to meds that manage panic attacks, but therapy is important in getting well. ...Read more

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Adhd and anxiety medication help, what to do?

Consult with a: Psychiatrist to decide what medication to try. In addition meet with a psychologist for psychotherapy. ...Read more

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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