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How To Overcome Depression And Anxiety 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Being depressed how fast and effective is medication and what medication will work for anxiety and depression. What re the best medication Prozac (fluoxetine)?
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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