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Raw Garlic For Depression Anxiety
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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No since: it has never been found to be effective nor indicated for bona fide depression or anxiety. It was originally developed as an antidepressant but instead was found to have a a somewhat better effect on increasing focus with most common side effects related to mechanism of action of increasing norepinephrine (noradrenaline) levels eg palpitations, hot flashes, headaches. ...Read more
When taking Zoloft (sertraline) & klonopin for depression, anxiety, panic disorder, I know you should avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate. What about cigarettes& sugar?
No good!: The tar in cigarettes can induce a liver enzyme 1a2, this should not affect the blood levels of zoloft (sertraline) or klonopin. However nicotine is a stimulant, and stimulants are not helpful for individuals with panic. Also emphysema, secondary to cigarettes is particularly unpleasant when you have panic. Refined sugar can lead to fluctuations in glucose exacerbating panic. Talk to dr. About quitting. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Which is a better anti depressant drug to treat panic attacks, anxiety and depression. Lexapro (escitalopram) or zoloft?
Both Potentially: Lexapro (escitalopram) and zoloft are similar medications and have both been shown to be helpful for panic, anxiety, and depression. There is probably a decreased percentage of side effects with lexapro (escitalopram), (escitalopram) so it might be preferable for that reason. However, plenty of people do well with either medicine, and I have had some patients do well with zoloft after not getting benefit with lexapro (escitalopram). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I tried the herb gotu kola 450 mg then 250 for depression, anxiety, mental focus-clarity. Its helped with all those but still too sedating. Ideas?
Consider a walk: Mild to Moderate depression responds well to a good diet rich in fruits and vegetables as well as reasonable exercise. Gotu Kola has varied affects on the body that are not fully understood from what I have read but healthy living and having something to look forward to have been shown to improve mood and psychological motivation. Lack of sleep and alcohol can also contribute to depression. ...Read more
Any suggestions how to cope with stress and anxiety that is affecting my job performance. Use .5 mg ativan (lorazepam) for insomnia & lamictal for mood disorder?
Anxiety: Try using the free anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz.Org website and also consider reading my latest book, "managing the stress of success" featured on the same site. If your stress continues consult a mental health professional as psychotherapy can be very helpful in reducing stress and anxiety. Best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Social phobia depression anxiety.
Taking cipralex, helps. Will niacin do anything for me. High cholesterol too.
Social Phobia: Social phobia is a treatable situation. Many people do very well w/help from a clinical psychologist who not only does talk therapy but who teaches the person skills to deal w/anxiety, e.g., meditation, breathing techniques, self-hypnosis and the like. Your biochemistry may make you a strong responder to life. W/different thought patterns the same physical response can move from fear to wonder. Niacin w/doctor care can help cholesterol but there are other ways too. ...Read more
How about talking?: How about talking to the right person about things that you don't feel good about? Do you know exactly why you don't feel well? Are you doing well in school? Do you like school & your friends? Anybody in your peer group you can lean on? How about home? Is that part of the problem or do you have a sib or parent you can share things? Can I ask someone from HealthTap to comment on your situation? ...Read more
Severe panic in with Agoraphobia and GAD and health anxiety. I take high dose Xanax XR and Zoloft. Weaning from Zoloft to Prozac having extreme anxiet?
Add therapy: Certainly the medication may be adjusted as there are various choices in a situation and some people may respond better to one medication as compared to another. Therapy should probably be added to the treatment mix as there are various techniques that may be helpful in reducing your symptoms. ...Read more
So l- theanine is the best supplement to take for anxiety and panic attacks and also for social anxiety as well?
Really?: I'm not sure where you heard that l-theanine is "the best supplement to take for anxiety and panic attacks and also for social anxiety" etc. Maybe you could share your insights and research with the rest of us? There are numerous supplements people try for these issues -- but with the variability in quality and inconsistency in dosing ; diagnoses, it's hard to know what's "best." take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am taking klonopin (clonazepam) twice daily for anxiety. Will eating maca root powder as a supplement conflict with my medication?
Nobody really knows: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... but not oon real research because real research is hard to do and is expensive to do). Also, how does one know what really is in a supplement? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes it can be: Faverin = fluvoxamine, an antidepressant which also has significant anti-anxiety attributes. Like most ssri's, it may cause GI side effects such as nausea and diarrhea. These may dissipate in the first weeks of use. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20238342 and http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/18568110. ...Read more
I am on cymbalta for maj depressive disorder & want a natural anxiety alternative to xanax (alprazolam)?
Behavioral Way: 1st learn more! see what is anxiety by anxiety disorders assn of bc http://bit.Ly/xueau5 everyone experiences anxiety at times. It prepares us 4 stressful &/or dangerous situations. It may cause u 2 experience sensations u dislike (sweating, racing heart) but these won't hurt u & won't last 4ever. 2nd try cbt -http://bit.Ly/xzbqnz; acthttp://bit.Ly/ztwlvz; mindfulness meditat http://bit.Ly/wdsdnu. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have ptsd & borderline personality disorder and breastfeed exclusively. Would prazosin be safe to take for my anxiety, insomnia and nightmares?
Use alternative: Unfortunately Prozac (while an awesome drug) can interact with quite a few medications. Usually the SSRI + Wellbutrin (bupropion) combo is a great and very commonly used therapeutic option for patients suffering with depression and anxiety. There are plenty of efficacious and safer alternatives. Hope that helps! ...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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