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Will Prozac Help With My Anxiety And Phobias As Well As Depression
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
Probably: I am careful when i prescribe Prozac (fluoxetine) for my patients, as it can be very strong, too strong for some. If you take too much, it can cause more anxiety. This is why, i never start someone on more than 10 mgs per day and then, i wait a month before i consider increasing the dose. Prozac (fluoxetine) lasts a very long time in one's system, dosage changes should be very gradual, start low, go slow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe, but danger: Upjohn originally proposed xanax (alprazolam) in the 1970's as an antidepressant, showing effectiveness like tricyclics. The fda only allowed it as an anti-anxiety agent "that doesn't cause depression" [like others do]. It's a benzodiazepine; it may have some antidepressant effects but isn't effective alone. Induces dependency very easily and is hard to get off of. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22786504. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes!: Effexor (venlafaxine) is as effective in several forms of anxiety. The FDA recommends dosages similar to those for depression , but for both OCD and for the anxiety disorders clinical practice suggests dosages higher that depression; often 50% or more. Dosage is raised carefully: use of both clinical assessment and anxiety rating scales to assess progress. Progress takes patience. ...Read more
Depression: Both of these medications work on neurotransmitters that are active in controlling brain activity as well as mood. The area of the brain responsible for our emotional state is often times responsive to both of these medications. Unfortunately only about 50% of people treated for depression will respond to medication. Get enough sleep and exercise as well. ...Read more
Dr is raising my venlafaxine from 75 mg to 150 mg should this help with moodiness and mood swings as well as depression?
Anxiety under control with effexor (venlafaxine). Depression is not better. Any add on medications to help with depression? Very tired all the time.
Yes, possibly: You may want to check your vitamin d level -- if less than 50, it can predispose to depression. Also l-methylfolate helps many people increase responsiveness to antidepressants. Third, fish oil at least 2-3 grams/day [1-2 grams epa, 500-900 mg dha/day]. Psychotherapy is an essential part of treating depression and anxiety. Ask your psychiatrist for referral if s/he does not provide this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Might Strattera, (atomoxetine) combined with Prozac, help manage an anxiety disorder as well as ADHD?
Medication Effects: I understand your concern about anxiety. Prozac can cause anxiety. Strattera can cause insomnia, lack of libido and headache Abilify can cause agitation and restlessness Symptoms of ADHD can be due to Anxiety. Side effects due to 3 medications will affect relationships and work. Your Emotional Health is Precious! See Psychiatrist for diagnosis, benefits and side effects of medications and Therapy. ...Read more
Long history depress/anxiety. Had SSRI and CBT. Feeling v black. Suggestions instead of SSRI, wish to deal with anxiety symptoms as they are worse?
Work with your: Psychiatrist & therapist.Talk about feelings & address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle relaxation ...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
Probably not: To my knowledge, there have been no studies to compare the two in depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) and coffee are two different things with totally different mechanism of actions. Yes, both can be used as 'adjunct' to your treatment. Coffee can help with alertness, fatigue, etc, of depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atipsychotic by nature. It has serious side effects like increasing your weight, cholesterol, and sugar. ...Read more
Was diagnoaed with major depression and put on Effexor (venlafaxine) will this help with ocd, dizziness, chest pains, coordination and headaches as well as eye flutt?
Maybe: Treating depression is probably a crucial step towards improvement in these and other areas. I hope the Effexor (venlafaxine) will be helpful, but it doesn't stop with the prescription. Keep working with a good doctor until your treatment is well established and causing improvement -- then address the remaining symptoms. And, of course, continue treatment to maintain improvement and achieve further success. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would best be prescribed for long term social phobias and panic attacks and depression as treatment?
Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more
An irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a strong desire to avoid it. Such fears can be considered anxiety disorders or symptoms characterized by unnecessary avoidance of a situation out of fear. Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. And, avoidance serves as a sort of ...Read more
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