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How can I battle depression even though i'm on Lexapro and Abilify (aripiprazole) for my anxiety?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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Rishton ; steiner. Lexapro ; Abilify (aripiprazole) doses need to be optimized.
Encourage you to seek non-pharmacological treatment for your depression ; anxiety. Consider cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy. 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.

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Rishton ; steiner. Lexapro ; Abilify (aripiprazole) doses need to be optimized.
Encourage you to seek non-pharmacological treatment for your depression ; anxiety. Consider cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy. 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
& alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle relaxation. You will multiply your improvement by adding in therapy with your medications. Take care.
Dr. Jane Steiner
Psychiatry
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...Already taking medication that should be treating depression-- Lexapro is an antidepressant that helps both anxiety and depression and Abilify (aripiprazole) helps with the treatment of depression when added to an antidepressant.
Important is what are your dosages and how long you've been on these meds-- i hope you are seeing a psychiatrist, someone expert at using these meds--let dr know if they don't help!

In brief: You are...

...Already taking medication that should be treating depression-- Lexapro is an antidepressant that helps both anxiety and depression and Abilify (aripiprazole) helps with the treatment of depression when added to an antidepressant.
Important is what are your dosages and how long you've been on these meds-- i hope you are seeing a psychiatrist, someone expert at using these meds--let dr know if they don't help!
Dr. Jane Steiner
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Dr. Emma Rishton
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Multi-layered

You can battle your depression and your anxiety at the same time.
Talk to your psychiatrist. You may need additional help. Find a therapist who you can stick with along with your meds. There are many layers to anxiety and depression. It is important that you understand yourself so you can find the best ways for you to take on your challenges. Good luck and best wishes.

In brief: Multi-layered

You can battle your depression and your anxiety at the same time.
Talk to your psychiatrist. You may need additional help. Find a therapist who you can stick with along with your meds. There are many layers to anxiety and depression. It is important that you understand yourself so you can find the best ways for you to take on your challenges. Good luck and best wishes.
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