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Is There A Way To Treat Ocd With Just Therapy And No Medications
Maybe: It's difficult to know what you consider mild. Each person has a different perspective. From my point of view, as a physician, I am interested in the most effective treatment, not any one particular treatment. About half of my practice is psychotherapy, and yet i can't think of a single bipolar patient for whom i would recommend only psychotherapy. Please seek the best treatment for yourself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Establish routine, schedule, to make your environment more predictable. Self-care routine -- set a times of the day for exercising, hobbies, reading, (doesn't have to be done all at once, but even 15min.), work on me time. Practice relaxation, positive visualizations -- you can find scripts on line or in the library. If you're being treated, stay compliant with treatment. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Combine approaches: You may need a higher dose of medicine, a different pill, or more than one antidepressant. Exercise is absolutely essential because endorphins released improve mood. Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is often the best because it helps you change how you think about situations. Sometimes support groups help get enough, regular sleep and stay involved with an activity you love. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Understanding why: Counseling/therapy/medicine can help us understand what we expect from ourselves, from others, and from life--and aren't getting, which results in loneliness and emptiness. Better understanding and a mid-course "life review" can help change our focus and point us in more meaningful directions. Some find themselves living someone else's agenda, others find better approaches to the path they're on. ...Read more
Are there blood tests to help choose the best medication for depression and anxiety or is it just trial and error?
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For how long one has to take ssris to treat social anxiety? Should meds be combined with some other kind of treatment?
GREAT YOU'RE ASKING!: Meds can help but how about behavioral options? Anxiety disorders assn of bc has educational & self-help tools (incl a video) for managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://bit.Ly/yudsfl effective treatment for social anxiety will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little to others you fear a lot. A cbt & anxiety expert can make big diff! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: It depends on the severity of the depression. If your depression is severely affecting your ability to function at home/work, a combination of therapy and medication work the best. For more mild symptoms, alternative treatments can be tried such as exercise, vitamins(d, b complex, omega 3), herbal supplements (5htp, st john's wort, or same), support groups, therapy and journaling. ...Read more
Yes: There are many medications to deal with anxiety. However, i would advise first speaking to your primary care physician, or if pregnant, with your ob/gyn to devise an appropriate plan to deal with your anxiety. Sometimes just speaking with a psychologist or psychiatrist is helpful without medication. If medication is needed then the one with the most benefit and least risk can be selected. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, for some types: Some headaches respond to various massage and accu-pressure techniques. Accupuncture might help. Muscle tightness headaches and some sinus headaches are relieved with mentholated ice rub on the temples. I'm sure there are others and your obgyn may advise you of safe pills too. Good luck ; congratulations. ...Read more
Is there treatment for anxiety and cod that doesn't involve medicine or a psychologist or is it not possible?
Well,..: You could go on-pine and try to educate yourself as to remedies for self treatment, such as Relaxation techniques including yoga, meditation, etc. But anxiety and OCD may be related to Neurotransmitters that are at differing levels in your system and medications maybe more helpful. Hypnotherapy is a possible option that has worked for some people too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breath through it.: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun but it is treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Once someone is diagnosed with perceptive deception are they stuck with it for the rest of their life? Or is there a cure or some way besides therapy.
All sentient beings: filter perceptions thru what they think, know, understand or believe. For example, when we look at an object, our eyes "see" a tiny image of that object on our retina. The brain then interprets the image as real and distinct from us. A similar process occurs when we watch a 3D movie. The screen is flat but, when wearing 3D glasses, our brains interprets the images as 3D. Fascinating! ...Read more
How do I deal with having a girlfriend with split personalities and skitzo? And is there any treatment for it. Weither fda aproved or not
Skitzo girlfriend: I'll go out on a limb here, and guess that your girlfriend is niether schizophrenic (which does not mean multiple personalities), nor has mult. Personalities, but rather tends to vacillate between extreme moods, and maybe even gets a little psychotic when under severe stress. You should both really go in for a psychiatric eval., to better understand what to expect, and options, moving forward. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Psychotherapy (different modalities) can succesfully treat it without medication, although those are not necessarily antagonic approaches. Regularly psychiatrists use both (in a sequence, or at the same time) to maximize outcomes and obtain the fastest results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Take another dose: In general, i prescribe adhd medications at intervals that avoid amphetamine withdrawal symptoms. This means that i advise most of my patients to take their medications about one hour before they expect their previous dose to wear off. Generally, two or three doses daily works well. ...Read more
Know What Txs Work!: I'd say cognitive-behavioral therapy & systematic desensitization is the way to go if you seek to overcome ur social anxiety. Medications may help u with the treatment, though for u to gain control of ur social anxiety it will be important 2 b able 2 *feel*some of the associated physiological & psychological symptoms. Great info here: http://bit.Ly/16k19on. ...Read more
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